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  • The Spy Who Dumped Me

    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    ★★★

    You know, if this and Game Night signal a trend where studio comedies will be weirdly committed to the formal and stylistic bonafides of their genre mashups, I'm here for it. It's a balancing act, though, and this is a little light on jokes. Still, perfectly amusing, centered on a great female friendship, and refreshingly unsqueamish about putting the leads through the spy-movie gauntlet.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★½

    It's always strange to watch one of these foundational franchise horror flicks for the first time, and through no fault of their own, they don't always hold up. This, though, is a pretty damn effective little B-movie: great practical effects, good heroine with a lot of agency, some really striking images. I can see why they went back to this well.

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    This has, like, almost no narrative at all, but it has a totally unforced wholesomeness that is hugely appealing, along with top-level work from Joe Hisaishi, evocative nature imagery, and one of the most lovable and convincing small children I've ever seen in a family movie. It's refreshing to see a movie built so effectively, not around conflict, but the simple pleasures of nature, sisterhood, and matter-of-fact acceptance of the supernatural.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Coming of age movies are really taking a quantum leap forward in sensitivity and emotional honesty these last couple years.