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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Full review here.

  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★

    More interesting to watch than to chew on -- there are plenty of peculiar tics about it, but it just didn't click with me enough overall to generate a fruitful unpacking. The affair with Garcia Bernal, the tiff with her daughter, the weird nightclub owner dad... these things presented specificity but not necessarily profundity.

    Also, it's not clear what the film's take on the poetry is. Is it satirizing art culture's affection for bullshit, childish poems when they think they're…

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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★★

    It's all about the scene in the third act when Ethan and Jim reunite and have a drink together. Jim is trying to convince Ethan that Kittridge is the mole, not knowing Ethan already figured out it was Jim because of the Drake Hotel bible. So Ethan, having the upper hand, narrates a flashback where he pretends to realize how Kittridge did it, all for Jim's benefit -- meanwhile, DePalma's visuals tell a different story: the way Ethan is seeing…

  • Happy Anniversary

    Happy Anniversary

    ★★

    Me: The rom-com is dead.
    Netflix: Try this Ben Schwartz movie from the LEGO BATMAN writer!
    Me: The rom-com is still dead.