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  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    ★★★½

    The whole endeavor was positively Trumpian. I laughed in between screams of “holy hell” and metaphoric tears for the fate of humanity. God, people are so dumb. And the unchecked certainty of the true believer is so dangerous.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★

    If you—like I did—thought Bradley Cooper's Star Is Born had narrative problems, was about 30 minutes too long, and struggled to put the spotlight on the star actually being born (as opposed to the one fading away), have I got the Star Is Born for you.

    Now that I've seen all but one of these things, it's quite clear that Cooper cribbed largely from this version—possibly because it left the most room for improvement? I didn't love Cooper's version, but…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Roma is shot with the fluidity and fullness of an old studio picture, with rich black and white photography and luxuriously long takes, but it feels far more urgent and naturalistic than anything from Hollywood’s golden age. The use of entirely diagetic sound is particularly striking, as is the story of a nation in flux playing out in the dense backgrounds of what is actually a very small, intimate story of one family and their beloved maid/nanny. I found myself…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Elsie Fisher is incredible and Bo Burnham’s script is miraculously universal and so specifically of this moment. I had the great fortune to see them together in a post-movie Q&A—they make a great pair both onscreen and off.