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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

  • Flee

    ★★★

  • Procession

    ★★★★½

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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

    Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza opens on boys in their school bathroom. Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) is fixing his hair for school pictures when a cherry bomb goes off. He and the boys run out. Alana Kane (Alana Haim) walks down the picture line offering a mirror and comb. At the end of the scene, filled with snippy, fun banter while Gary asks Alana out, the photographer slaps Alana's ass.

    There is no real plot here, the movie episodically structured,…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    HEY, IF IT'S LOVE YOU WANT, THEN YOU BETTER BE LOVABLE

    Gary asking Alana out in that opening scene is the best part of her day. She's bored and annoyed before he takes her up on her offer for a mirror and comb, and then she pretends to be more annoyed with him than she actually is. When he leaves the gym and she turns back around, smiling to herself, it's clear that she's really amused and flattered. She feels…

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this! The ensemble is, for the most part, really incredible and doing their best with the story they've been given. Motivations are thin and not developed in ways that aid the characters or reveal much about them, and the final twist/answer comes far too late to have any sort of impact. The movie drags at times, but every time it happens there's some performance that pulled me in enough to stay interested.

    Regina King gets a monologue in…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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

    I've met the girl I'm going to marry one day.

    It's a joke. It's funny. You know it's never going to happen. Yeah right, Gary.

    Introducing Alana Valentine.
    Idiot.

    It's a joke. It's funny. Except maybe it's going to happen.

    The first two times I saw this movie it was projected on 70mm, and I missed the fuzziness of that in the digital viewing. The way film makes it feel even more like memory, hazy and uncertain, got a little…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

    Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth is beautiful to look at with its the sleek and minimalist production design, Bruno Delbonnel's rich black and white cinematography (although I do wish I had watched this in a theater instead of on my laptop, which I know lost some of the contrast), every shot purposefully and artfully framed. The sound design, the fog, the tone brimming with tense unease: Something wicked this way comes.

    And yet it feels surprisingly cold and hollow.…