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  • Princess Cyd

    Princess Cyd

    ★★★★

    Some kind of brilliant alchemy between script, actress, and direction took place to create this beautifully enigmatic performance by Jessie Pinnick. So original and naturalistic that it seems crazy to compare it to great '17 performances like Cynthia Nixon's Emily Dickinson or Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding, but Pinnick's will stick with you like few others will. The movie will too.

    And do you miss Jonathan Demme like I do? Look no further than Chicago's Stephen Cone. As with Demme, every face in the frame is a human being with a story you want to hear.

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★

    Perfectly fine and fun moment to moment, but Sorkin makes this (and all things?) a little too... tidy. Chastain is terrific, but the movies still feels more like watching a story told than a story lived. 

    The most compelling moment for me was Molly’s realization that dudes suck and beating it for NYC. But then the Liberated Molly section of the movie is the shortest and least vital. (And honestly a little confusing - how exactly did she get that NYC game set up so quickly?). And then Molly gets rescued (legally, emotionally)... by a bunch of dudes.

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.