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Writer whose influences include Ingmar Bergman, '40s film noir, '50s musicals, neorealism, and Full House.

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  • Corrina, Corrina

    ★★★½

  • No Escape

    ★★½

  • Cisco Pike

    ★★★½

  • Prime Cut

    ★★½

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  • Corrina, Corrina

    Corrina, Corrina

    ★★★½

    A warm, sweet, rare family drama that overcomes its significant flaws with a trio of shining leads and a well-intentioned if clumsy heart that’s always firmly in the right place.

    First, the not so good: debut writer/director Jesse Nelson ladles on too many syrupy quirks and has pretty much no concept of pace or momentum. At nearly two hours to the minute, it’s way too long and leisurely for a low key all-audience comfort movie like this. A number of…

  • No Escape

    No Escape

    ★★½

    Decent B-movie that suffers from being too long and way too light on action. Despite a full 2-hour runtime, not much really happens though the set-up is promisingly cheesy: in 2022, Ray Liotta is sent to an island prison run by a sadistic warden and finds himself in the middle of a war between two rival factions of prisoners.

    It’s a low-rent WATERWORLD on land with touches of MAD MAX and LORD OF THE FLIES. Liotta doesn’t have much of…

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  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★½

    Whoo, I have Thoughts™️.

    It’s fine but ultimately rubbed me the wrong way. Keep in mind I’m not much of a Jonathan Larson fan - his era-defining smash RENT is unfinished, ranges in quality from brilliant to mediocre, and would never have achieved its iconic show-of-a-generation status if not for its creator’s tragic and untimely death.

    The chief problem with this movie is that it’s one insufferable egotist (Lin-Manuel Miranda) paying tribute to another (Larson). I’ve always found Larson a…

  • Zola

    Zola

    Vapid and hollow to the core. I think it’s time we discussed the stanning of A24 as a company - once a mandate-less indie studio eager to take on emerging filmmakers of any genre/aesthetic, they now seem to have a calculated brand designed to appeal to Very Online™️ film Twitter and Letterboxd denizens.

    It’s all there. The neon. The chunky film grain. The droning Mica Levi score. ZOLA is desperate to let the audience know how effortlessly cool and nonchalant…