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  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    In scanning Julia Roberts' filmography, it looks like she has played more mothers since 2013 than she played in the twenty-five years she spent working in film before then. This is obviously a natural evolution for any actor wanting to work and expand their horizons as they age, but it seems to me that Roberts has made that transition with remarkable skill.

    It helps that she's a world-class actress. This isn't an opinion I'd fight to the death to defend,…

  • See You Yesterday

    See You Yesterday

    To be a time travel movie is to immediately become liberated and imprisoned, simultaneously. Time travel opens up a literal infinity of doors that could take the film anywhere. We can go forward, backward, maybe even sideways if your film supports a parallel universe theory of some kind. There are all kinds of possibilities for change, and everything always has multiple consequences. Sometimes I think about time travel movies like unfolding, blossoming flowers, with petals that could take us in…

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  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    You know how when you're talking about a movie that doesn't have an article in its title but it should? "Oh, yeah, I just rewatched The Hulk." I'm sorry, George, but it's actually just Hulk. But let's not blame George for adding "the" to the title. It sounds better. Telling people I went to see Long Shot put me in the same position. "Long shot" is something we're so used to hearing with an indefinite article in front of it,…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    I was so excited to watch this movie, I had already planned to rewatch Diary of a Country Priest right after watching it. But this movie packs such a wallop and is so dense with thought, I'm going to have to wait until I approach another dark and deep religious drama.

    That's a testament to the power of First Reformed. I knew it was going to be heavy, but I wasn't thinking it would be this heavy. I should have…