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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    I love, love, love how terrifying this film makes spaceflight and how every launch sequence seems like a bunch of men voluntarily climbing into their own coffins and getting sealed in. Anytime the film is in the skies, it soars. On the ground, however, it thuds about as often as it succeeds. Claire Foy is giving one hell of a performance, but ... I just don't think the film pulls off its assertion that traditional masculinity is a voluntary prison.…

  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Vacuous, bourgeois couple in a self-obsessed, wealth-obsessed Russia treat their son as more of a bargaining chip that's lost its value than a person. But when he runs away after overhearing an argument about who will be saddled with him post-divorce, they suddenly awaken to the fact that he was flesh and blood. A checked-out police force means they are completely reliant on assistance from a dedicated, all-volunteer collective that hunts for missing children. The only thing that could possibly…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    There isn't anything actually wrong with how it was made, I suppose. I just find the character and most of the dialog to be insufferably smug, nerd-bro fare. I think I chuckled twice. Lightly. Much has been said about Deadpool being progressive, but I didn't find that to be particularly the case. I mean he's not regressive, I guess, although I did find some of his jokes to be questionable on that front. But is it really all that remarkable…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    Probably the smartest film I've seen all year. And certainly one of the most beautiful.

    The way information is layered and truths are revealed, not with the aim of shocking the audience with unexpected twists, but with the aim of riffing philosophically about sex and the patriarchy, is thrilling. Each character detail and perspective takes us further from a simple, but fun, heist story and closer to something emotionally profound.

    And it is funny! So much funnier than I'd anticipated.…