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  • Trigger

    ★★½

  • Song Without a Name

    ★★★★½

  • Katips

    ★★

  • Women Do Cry

    ★★★

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  • Trigger

    Trigger

    ★★½

    Works better as a portrait of a young soldier back from his stint in Marawi trying to cope with the horrors he faced; his newfound status as a hero; & how this threatens to tear him apart from his family & his girlfriend, because when it tries to place his struggles in a bigger sociopolitical context & wring nuance out of it, the result is awkward & muddled. The movie is aware that war hollows out soldiers into machines of death & destruction, but then…

  • Song Without a Name

    Song Without a Name

    ★★★★½

    Based on the harrowing true stories of baby trafficking uncovered by director Melina León’s father when he was an active journalist, it’s about an indigenous Quechuan woman in Peru who seeks the help of a closeted gay journalist after her baby was stolen in a fake pregnancy clinic. The movie places this story during a tumultuous time in Peru during Alan Garcia’s presidency & the Shining Path uprisings explicitly, opening with archival news footage from the era, yet the story never…

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  • Alone/Together

    Alone/Together

    ★★★★½

    "For the people we once were"

    Alone/Together feels like a slight letdown after Antoinette Jadaone's masterful Never Not Love You last year, if you are expecting the same pragmatic take on millenial relationships, but this movie isn't about that at all.

    This is a tale of a woman slowly finding the strength to move past her mistakes & disappointments, & the courage to face the world again. It just happens to have a romance between Enrique Gil & Liza Soberano, and they are…

  • Lemon

    Lemon

    ★★★★½

    this movie announces at the beginning that it was fully shot in los angeles, which becomes more of a warning as the movie goes on

    that's because it's populated by privileged white people with varying degrees of cluelessness, awkwardness & pretention who are just trying to get by yet but are so caught up with their own hang-ups that they continue to fuck up

    it's a wes anderson film by way of adult swim, if he'd rather expose his characters' flaws…