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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


    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


    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


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