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  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★

    Art always has an obligation towards truth. When I say “truth", I don’t mean the literal “this happened, then this happened” play-by-play of real-life events; that slavish devotion to facts which tranquilizes so many direct-to-TV biopics. Documentary precision is a valuable type of truth, but there's more than one way to skin a cat. A film might compress timelines to convey deep character truths — Jobs, Selma, and The Imitation Game come to mind as recent examples. Or it might…

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

    The Big Sick is absolutely bursting with heart. As a lover of standup and a particular fan of Kumail and Emily, I fully expected to love this movie. I just hadn't anticipated /why/ I'd love it. In heavier hands, the story might have written itself: love beset by tragedy, humor as a bulwark against hopelessness, light at the end of the blah blah blah credits. It would have tugged heartstrings, and it would have been earned. But The Big Sick…

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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…