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  • The Gift

    The Gift

    ★★★½

    I’m thinking what this thriller is really about is the horror of a young woman who has to live childless in upper class suburbia, surrounded by extreme normcore moms.

    That’s what made Rosemary’s Baby so good, too.

    Alison Tolman was really good as the neighbor, and (watching MSNBC now) Jason Bateman is a dead ringer for another bro-abuser, Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    I’ve seen several Asian rom-coms that were much more entertaining than this, so I’m not sure what the fuss is about, unless it’s the fact that women and people of color are still unnecessarily kept out of positions of power in Hollywood.

    That said, it’s always a pleasure to watch Michelle Yeoh do her thing in front of yhe camera.

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  • L'Argent

    L'Argent

    ★★★★½

    The doors and windows of bourgeois Paris open and close. Bresson dissects Tolstoy's moral tale of how the system favors those who have, and destroys the have nots.

    There are just some incredible shots in this film, about how a petty crime has violent repercussions. Time and again Bresson puts his camera just out of the frame of the violence. A woman carrying a mug of morning coffee is slapped in the face, but we see the coffee cup not…

  • Who We Are Now

    Who We Are Now

    ★★★★

    Four stars because Matthew Newton and Jullianne Nicholson have grown into a writing/acting/directing/producing force with this, their second collaboration. In a more refined and adult solution to the problem movie than their pevious outing, From Nowhere, here Newton takes a Short Cuts approach of intertwined stories that are played out with both force and restraint. The plots, though steeped in tv-crime-and-ptsd tropes, are so skillfully handled by Newton and his very talented cast, that the film never lapses into cheesyness.…