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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    "I don't know why these guys could go on digging their own graves. Were they thinking if they do a good job maybe the guy with the gun will change his mind?”

    The guilty explains himself, shares his side of the story. The witness just stares at him. The guilty gets mad, gets concerned, gets desperate, yells and picks fights. The witness just keeps looking at him. The guilty starts to stammer, starts to trip over his own story, starts…

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    ★★½

    “You’re asking the wrong questions.”

    I don’t like Sundays, so on Sunday nights I try to watch the bleakest 70s movies I can find. I figured this one would hit the spot, and to an extent it did. Trouble is, it also hates women, and not really just in the “commentary” way it’s trying to sell you. That cast a rather unflattering light on the whole sad enterprise—its and mine.

    There’s one exchange that will stick with me. Hackman (Harry—heh)…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    Miserable! It’s honestly an achievement how bad this movie is. I’m almost grateful to ol’ JJ for defining in such certain, unambiguous terms what the enemy looks like! It’s Disney’s future, we’re all just watching really, really cowardly movies in it.

    What’s hilarious is how, even beyond THOSE decisions, this thing just doesn’t operate on any level convincingly at all! TELL me what Finn’s character arc is! And Rose is GONE. Kylo Ren is a footnote to be shuffled off…

  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines

    ★★★★

    Between the Lines calls out what it's going to be about explicitly and early on when Jeff Goldblum's character Max cracks a joke about how the counter culture of the 60's and 70's was "destroyed by enemies from within." The movie that follows is an unflinching, unsparing illustration of exactly that idea. Between the Line wants to examine "the Truth" of what happened to the dream or promise of America's counter culture, and it comes to a definite conclusion: male…