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  • The Lovers

    The Lovers

    ★★★½

    Not sure if The Lovers counts as Tracy Letts’ first starring role—love the guy as a playwright, love him even more for his role as the creepy OTB letch from the Festivus episode of Seinfeld (“The Strike”, for you purists out there)—but holy hell does he make the most of being the lead here, giving a quiet performance both captivating in its wry duplicity and heartbreaking in its understated sadness. Pretty fearless, too, what with the extended multi-positional sex-scene montage…

  • It

    It

    ★★★

    Just read a crop of excellent LB reviews—PRO: I always marvel at the quality of contributors to this site; CON: they’ve made every point I wanted to make in far better terms and without rampant cursing or strained Trump references—and I’m feeling a general shoulda-coulda consensus among them, a sense of disappointment stemming from the potential of It and how director Andy Muschietti is decidedly not the guy to fulfill it. (Full disclosure: I’ve never read the novel or seen…

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  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★½

    [NOTE: So this write-up turned into the longest thing I've written for Letterboxd yet—longer even than my goddamned Stalker review—which is probably the only reason I'm actually putting it on the site. It's problematic, likely guilty of whitesplaining and mansplaining, and really doesn't give a fair shake to Hidden Figures or its adherents. But, seeing as only about five people actually read my stuff, and three of them will no doubt see this review's length and give it a hearty…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    For almost a week now I’ve been mulling over Kingsman: The Secret Service, trying to figure out the source for my ire towards Matthew Vaughn’s over-the-top spy-movie satire. Of course, with the film's misogyny, its derivativeness of smarter, better films, or its subtle racism, there's plenty of fodder for vitriol. But all of these flaws, while unfortunate, are nothing new or shocking, rather serving as further examples of the increasingly repetitive nature of all these goddamn comic book movies constantly…