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  • On purge bébé

    On purge bébé

    ★★

    Potty Humor: The Movie

    Renoir's adaptation of Feydeau's stage farce encompasses constipation, diarrhea, the involuntary intake of laxatives, and a flushing toilet. And this siege of vulgarity, ça m'emmerdait.

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★½

    There's probably a dissertation to be written on the weaponization of the feminine in the James Bond movies. Still, the then-aging institution could put on a pretty lively spectacle.

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  • Kiki

    Kiki

    ★★★

    Mary Pickford's flair for physical comedy serves her well, although not enough to transcend just how irritating the title character can get. (Norma Talmadge didn't do much better in 1926.) By way of compensation, Reginald Denny as a big-shot theatrical producer is more than convincing as a babe magnet, and Joseph Cawthorn makes an effective old boy of a sugar daddy.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★½

    The Coen Brothers take the existential dread underlying most Westerns, and turn it up to eleven. Do contemporary audiences even recognize the conventions (the white horse and hat, the crooner cowboy) that the "Buster Scruggs" installment thoroughly subverts?