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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    Not sure what everyone is smoking, but this was great! Perfect slowgoing, late night movie.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Critics are often derided as joyless, and not without reason — browse any Best Of list and you’re liable to find a deluge of somber dramas, with one lone comedy (ideally “biting”, rarely fun) thrown in for good measure. But I’d argue this isn’t the whole story; or at least that, in the age of Trump, it’s rapidly changing. What critics are really craving is purity, mostness — and while “most profound” and “heartfelt” are still the prized orchids, there’s…

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  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa

    ½

    Letterboxd Missed Connections, 01/24/16, San Francisco, California

    To the young white male with the hoodie and plug earrings who sat behind me during Dirty Grandpa.

    You probably don't remember me, but we both attended today's 4:50 pm showing at the Century Cinemas on Market St. I sat in row 11 or so, slightly to the left. You sat in row 14, dead center. I believe you came alone, though you seem to believe you were surrounded by friends. You had…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★★

    I hold many films close to my heart, but it rarely matters if others agree. If you don’t like Boyhood, I totally get it: I can see aspects of myself that wouldn’t like it either. If you find Wes Anderson too precious, that’s your prerogative: I have a blast indulging in his whimsy, but I have no desire to defend it. Some things, though, hit me in a deeper place. Eternal Sunshine. The Before series. Lost In Translation. If you…