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  • Frances Ha
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Little Women
  • Being John Malkovich

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  • The Gray Man

    ★★★

  • Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    ★★★★

  • Persuasion

    ★★

  • Emma.

    ★★★★½

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  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★★

    The kind of palatable, broadly-appealing but not super-memorable movie I would've gone to see with my friends on its second weekend back in 2007. And I mean that in a positive way.

  • Persuasion

    Persuasion

    ★★

    I was excited for this, but then it went and did… that.

    Coming from someone who didn't read the book, this just didn't feel like an Austen adaptation. Fire Island, a modern-day gay rom-com set on goddamn Fire Island, was a better translation of P&P than I imagine this is of Persuasion.

    Dakota Johnson does a fine job — she's always charismatic and has that magnetic quality to her — but her character is flattened to a Fleabag caricature, a…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    ★★★★½ I loved it, but…

    I don't like horror. A lot of modern horror films have weak plots and terrible writing, relying instead on cheap scares to get the job done. I suppose in a way, horror movies now function more like amusement park rides than anything else; people go for the scares and the thrills rather than for the story or for a deeper experience.

    Like It Follows last year, The Witch (The VVitch?) thankfully bucks this trend.

    It's…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022), dir. by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, is a movie about a middle-aged woman with a quickly-deteriorating family life who becomes swept up in a multiverses crisis.

    1. It’s SO satisfying to see how fluidly and naturally the characters here code-switch between American-English and “at-home” English and Mandarin. It’s one of the most representative examples of mixed-language Asian households I’ve seen from an American film and that’s VERY appreciated. A lot of it, I’d…