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  • Parasite
  • Green Room
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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  • Speak No Evil

    ★★

  • Watcher

    ★★★★

  • Queen & Slim

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

    Hard to remember a Shakespeare adaptation so visually revelatory yet performatively weightless. It is true that this is, by and large, a starkly beautiful film, helped by Coen's consistent allusions to Bergman. Imagining the Weird Sisters as Seventh Seal's Death is an inspired choice. But the commitment to a strict formal exercise seems to have left the lead actors to their own rudderless devices. McDormand is in typically good form but finds nothing particularly gravitational to Lady Macbeth. Washington is…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★½

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

    So, what’s next after requels? Because this is already a little annoying.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    gone girl is the greatest accomplishment in the history of cinema. any identifiable flaws are actually strokes of genius disguised as weaknesses in theme or acting. sorry, haterz.

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★

    Very problematic. During its peaks, Lost in Translation captures "being stuck" better than most movies I've seen. Coppola is great at mining moments of boredom and loneliness for emotional impact. Being by yourself in a place you don't know can feel like an empty experience. When Bob and Charlotte share that emptiness, there's an unspoken tension to their relationship that really elevates the film. The karaoke scene is just...ugh. Swoon.

    The worst bits range from contrived to racist. The hooker…