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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★½

  • The 50 Year Argument

    ★★★½

  • A Timeless Call

    ½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    About twenty minutes into Top Gun: Maverick, a disheveled Tom Cruise is surprised to find himself in the most generic American diner imaginable. It’s filled with featureless white bread normal people who gaze upon his tattered otherworldly figure with amazement and disgust. Cruise can no longer walk among mere mortals, for his perfectionist movie star ego is writing checks that relatability can’t cash. It’s been so long since he resembled a regular person that he can’t pretend to be one…

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★½

    Despite its focus on a much shorter chapter of Bob Dylan’s career, Scorsese’s second doc on the singer feels a little less streamlined and coherent than No Direction Home. But it’s still an insightful snapshot into a unique moment in American popular culture, particularly when it foregrounds the interpersonal drama between massive personalities. The bittersweet confrontation between Dylan and Joan Baez is so tender and personal that it seems invasive to have it captured on film.

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t think Sal is a racist, you should probably rewatch this movie. His climactic use of racial slurs can’t be chalked up to a lapse of judgement. He repeatedly clarifies that he only tolerates black people because they haven’t done anything bad to him, and because they provide his livelihood. His respect for the black community is entirely conditional and transaction-based — as soon as his “terms” of respect (essentially not having any major negative encounters with any…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    Despite a great cast and an intriguing premise, The New Mutants is a lifeless gallery of clichés from both the superhero and horror genres. Combine It and X-Men, then strip that combination of anything remotely worthwhile, and you get this movie. The paper-thin characters don’t even have interesting powers, save for Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik, who has a strange combination of several abilities that make absolutely no sense together. And there’s basically no story to speak of. Nothing happens for 90 minutes and…