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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Close-Up
  • Ikiru

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  • Tchaikovsky’s Wife

    ★★★

  • Final Cut

    ★★

  • Operation Mincemeat

    ★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

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  • Tchaikovsky’s Wife

    Tchaikovsky’s Wife

    ★★★

    It’s hard to imagine that anyone could make another movie about 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that’s as febrile and virtuosic as Ken Russell’s “The Music Lovers,” but dissident filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov — freshly released from his Putin-ordered house arrest, but still awaiting trial on ludicrous charges of fraud — has risen to the challenge with his usual aplomb, orchestrating a historical melodrama that’s almost as feverish as last year’s “Petrov’s Flu.”

    Then again, Serebrennikov’s film isn’t really…

  • Final Cut

    Final Cut

    ★★

    In these turbulent years for cinema, when film festivals can often seem like memorial services for the movies themselves, it doesn’t feel entirely accidental that the most prestigious of them all has developed a recent tendency for opening with movies about the deceased or undead. That none of those movies have been particularly full of life is much harder to explain. The trend began when Cannes 2017 kicked off with Arnaud Desplechin’s evocative but exasperating “Ismael’s Ghosts,” and it continued…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Barbara Minerva: I used to be a nerd who nobody liked but now I am hot and bulletproof and can pull off Robert Smith-levels of eyeliner.

    Maxwell Lord: but don’t you want *more*?

    Barbara Minerva: i want… to be cat.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★

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

    Marvel is so good at getting people to do things for money in a way that reads like love.

    there's some very cutesy stuff here (most of it an ominous, logical continuation of the content snake eating its own tail), CGI New York City is a really a Character Unto Itself lolol, and Jon Watts is now unquestionably the worst director to ever make a Spider-Man movie.

    also, not a spoiler, lol at Pete and his friends for simply *assuming* they'd all get into MIT. a very cool premise for a $250 million movie.