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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    COLUMBUS is a quiet, beautifully observed film without a false moment. Emotionally, it positions its audience in a cinematically familiar place, but a place that has been exploited with far less honesty: the precarious transitional moment between precocious adolescence and adulthood. Despite their age difference, this transition is true for both of its leads: Casey, played by an extraordinary Haley Lu Richardson, and Jin, played by John Cho.

    The title refers to the film’s setting in Columbus, Indiana, a sleepy…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a lot of things you might not expect from a late year “prestige” film. It’s an experiential intimate drama centered on a small story where sensory details matter as much as plot. It’s a catapult for young star Timothée Chalamet (who also shines in this year’s LADY BIRD) and a reinvigoration for Armie Hammer (who feels more at home here than he does in most of his recent attempts at mainstream leading man flicks).…

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  • Christmas Wedding Planner

    Christmas Wedding Planner

    ★½

    This video content is on Netflix. This video content serves a purpose. This video content seems like it is going to be pornographic, but it isn’t. “One and one-half stars,” is my insightful review.

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    ★★★½

    As Ricky Gervais said, the only way to improve one of the greatest stories ever written is to add Muppets.

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    The American blockbuster encourages prolonged adolescence in a way that's become tiresome. Maybe it's because the target demographic for blockbusters is supposedly adolescent males; maybe it's because the PG-13 rating mandated by most blockbusters requires filmmakers and studios to enter an adolescent state of mind to make something appealing to families; or maybe it's because culturally, we have entered a state of mind akin to collective arrested development. Whatever the reason, the American blockbuster is now comprised almost entirely of…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    Lynne Ramsay + Joaquin = a good match. I feel like blowing my brains out and appreciating a beautiful day at the same time.