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  • Olivia Rodrigo: A Short Film

    Olivia Rodrigo: A Short Film

    Sour Prom — Olivia Rodrigo’s Rapid-Onset Petulance.
    An ‘album movie’ that snarks about Our/Sour America.

    Pop neophyte Olivia Rodrigo “doesn’t know what she’s saying, she’s just saying what somebody told her.” That’s the spanking Candace Owens gave to rapper-stripper Cardi B and athlete Gwen Berry when they stepped out of their respective career lanes to make political commentary. I paraphrase Owens to explain singer-actress Rodrigo’s fame — from her derivative, chart-topping songs and their Instagramable cynicism.

    Yet, in Sour Prom,…

  • Casanova, Last Love

    Casanova, Last Love

    Casanova and His Female Counterparts, in Benoît Jacquot’s Latest.
    A very French filmmaker inquires into the #MeToo movement.

    What a coincidence that Benoît Jacquot’s Casanova, Last Love (Dernier amour) opens so soon after Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, overruling the court of media opinion. Jacquot’s period film itself presents a confluence of legend and modern attitudes. It comes down to a startlingly timely exchange between the 18th-century rakehell Giacomo Casanova (Vincent Lindon) and his…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision.
    He’s remaking our moral need into more than comic-book stuff.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League (that’s the complete title) differs significantly from the 2017 film Justice League, a project Snyder began that was mutilated when Warner Brothers assigned Joss Whedon to rework it. Through the confluence of venal corporate interference, a rare instance of public outcry about the movie business (the online demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut), and the opportunity to jump-start the new streaming service HBO Max, Snyder…