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  • Atlantics
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  • Nashville
  • The Piano

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  • Hard, Fast and Beautiful

    ★★★★

  • Species

    ★★½

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★★

  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

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  • Hard, Fast and Beautiful

    Hard, Fast and Beautiful

    ★★★★

    Ida Lupino gives this tennis family melodrama all the momentum and compact, layered characterization of a top-tier noir. Sally Forrest and Claire Trevor are instantly plausible as the neophyte tennis superstar and her social-climber momager, and they only get better as Hard, Fast and Beautiful gives them more material to play. Forrest leans engaging into the starry-eyed innocent archetype, souring memorably once she realizes how much her mother has been exploiting her enthusiasm and skill for monetary gain. Trevor savvily underplays the…

  • Species

    Species

    ★★½

    Excellent practical effects, terrible digital effects. A+ tentacle nipples. Horrendous magical negro nonsense, gender politics barely at surface level. Supremely watchable, with some good/great things that can’t fully overcome the airless/shitty things - all in all, it’s amazing it’s not worse than it is

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  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

    @Everyone who says the exhumation storyline felt extraneous: . . . . what. Cruz is exquisite at navigating some complex, emotionally harried turns in her character’s life, playing the film’s most simple and challenging truths so deeply in her bones that we grasp them implicitly through how she interacts with the world. The braiding of Janis’s relationships with Ana and their daughters with her attempts to recover her great-grandfather’s remains is a deeply moving and politically fierce treatise on the…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★½

    Bleh