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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    Putzin’ Around with the Lads would’ve been a more accurate title 

    (Was alternately swept away or completely bored, but I should’ve known Richard Madden and his trembly lil’ eyes would be enough to make me leave the theatre on a good note and forget that he’s supposed to be related to Josh Gad’s Tethered)

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first half had me hopeful Episode IX would at least qualify as "good dumb" with enough minor bits (Babu Frik, C-3P0 wearing a winter jacket with the hood up, the background dancers from Katy Perry's Never Really Over video finding further employment at off-planet Coachella) mixed with the heroes' pointless gallivanting around the galaxy (Abrams really is a master at stitching together scenes that work individually, yet manage to cohere into absolutely nothing).

    But. That final third. Each plot…

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  • Knock Down the House

    Knock Down the House

    ★★★★

    Every second of this film is overflowing with real and raw emotion - the stories of American women who are fed up, angry and committed to making change. Heroes, in other words.

    Keep an eye out for this one, if for nothing else than proof (did you really need more?) that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is The Real Deal.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    The first hour is sheer perfection, enough that I could ignore the old man behind me who had his foul smelling feet out for the duration of the film.

    The second hour had enough (minor) bumps that I could no longer ignore The Stench, but dammit, if the ending (and final shot!!!!!) don’t just WORK.

    A full half-star revoked for the film’s irrational hatred of backup dancers.