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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Extra half star just for that scene when Babu Frik says “HeyHeyyyy!”

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    I have no clue how to describe or characterize Bong Joon Ho's Parasite, but that inability to peg it down may be exactly why I adored this movie so much. Part family drama, part comedy, part thriller, part heist, part satire, and part who-knows-what-else, this film is delectably shot, perfectly-acted, and incredibly acute in its devastating takedown of social inequality. It is the movie for our time; it is the movie of our time. It is unsettling and unnerving, but…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    In color and in chrome
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    When people I don’t know very well (inevitably) ask about “where I’m from,” I receive the same three reactions when I tell them I was born in Tanzania:

    1. “Where in the world is that again?” (“East Africa, right next to Kenya,” is my usual response.)

    2. “Oh, you don’t look like you’re from Africa.” (If I have time, this is when I usually tell them about the movement of goods…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    I was in the stationery store this afternoon, stocking up on cards and letter paper, and the woman behind the counter asked me what I planned to do with all my purchases. I responded, surprised that there was any other option, that I planned to "send letters to friends, of course."

    It turns out that this was not a customary response, and the woman behind the counter went on to ask me about my epistolary habits at length. Anyone who…