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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★

    I'm a bit baffled by this film, seemingly a frank, intimate, painful portrait of a pop star that left me with virtually no sympathy for her, and no understanding of what her music is or what it means to her. It feels like the stories of any of the other main characters here -- her agent, her sister, her daughter -- would have been more compelling and clear.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    This film built up so much goodwill with me, and then so much tension, and it squandered both with that ending. What is his plan, exactly? How does she get into his locked house? How does she not notice what he's wearing when she's touching him? And if it's all just a fantasy, which it certainly feels like, what do we take from it, and why is it supposed to be interesting?

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    This movie is funny. This movie is political. This movie is intelligent and wicked and very, very calculated. This movie is sometimes visually stunning, and impeccably acted.

    But mostly, it's scary as hell.

    For the love of cinema, do not watch the spoilery-ass trailers. Do not read any reviews unless you trust the reviewers to be circumspect about giving away the plot. Go in as blind as possible and just let the story's surprises unfold. Assuming you're okay with scary…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    Sign me up as the apostate that just doesn't appreciate this one, that doesn't really understand why a long, rambling, sleepy movie about a disconnected, disaffected, insanely rich and privileged teenager moping around until he gets laid is so moving to people. There are better romances, better gay coming-of-age movies, better summer-fling stories, and movies where I don't get really really distracted by watching a dude gut a peach in his bed with his bare hands and then fuck it, making an immense mess for someone else to clean up. I will fight the world on this one.