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  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever

    ★★

    At this point I don't even know if it's true, but my only memory of seeing this movie in high school—the old City Centre cinemas, if I recall correctly—is wearing a Maryland Terrapins hat and and some woman in front of me turned around, excitedly, and asked "Do you go to Maryland?" and all I could say was no, I'm still in high school.

    That summer was truly dominated by the soundtrack to this movie, which honestly remains the best…

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★

    "Unlimited poontang."

    That is an actual sentence spoken in this movie. I give it some credit for being willfully strange and psycho-sexual—it's always gutsier to make something different in a sequel as opposed to go back to the well (but "more")—but there's not much else I can say in praise of this mess.

    I'm all for tweaking canon, but please don't get me started on the silliness that is the origin of both the Penguin and Catwoman. Mr. Cobblepot is…

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  • Driveways

    Driveways

    ★★★★½

    With keen direction from Ahn, endearingly understated performances from Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy and young Lucas Jaye, and a script confident enough to let the viewer fill in the blanks, this was my biggest SIFF 2019 surprise and is sure to be one of my favorites of the year—not just from the festival.

    It gets in and out quickly (in under 90 minutes), but it the pacing never feels rushed nor the characters shortchanged. I hope Driveways finds an audience, despite its unmarketable title.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★½

    You might miss Eddie Murphy, but I miss Wesley Snipes. Snipes is REALLY going for it here, which is only surprising because I haven't seen him on screen in so long—he always went all out.

    I got major Disaster Artist vibes watching this, but Rudy Ray Moore is a far more sympathetic and likable character than Tommy Wiseau. Being more grounded and human, he's also a lot less of a laughingstock, even though the world around him seemed to think…