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  • Dark City
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Angels in America
  • Scream

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  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★½

  • The Batman

    ★★½

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    ★★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

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  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★½

    A lovely little two-hander, if slightly contrived. For this to work as a character study with depth and conflict requires both the characters to have kinda shoddy, inconsistent boundaries, which makes the client-customer relationship seem dodgy at times even when things are going well between them. But if you suspend your disbelief a little bit it works. Daryl McCormack is great at playing calm, still confidence. You get the sense of someone of high emotional intelligence capable of reading the room and gently guiding the ship. And Emma Thompson is Emma Thompson, all glory and honor are yours.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★½

    I started watching this with a friend ages ago, but never finished it. I finally went back to the beginning today and watched it all the way through, and this movie ain't got no reason to be three hours long. It's overstuffed, Catwoman is under-served and her relationship with Batman is unconvincing, and the themes about the cost of vengeance feel kind of tacked onto the end there. Kinda wore me out after a while. On the plus side, it's…

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  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★★

    It has a smaller and more intimate feel than I was expecting. It's a modest little slice of life against a turbulent backdrop. It didn't pack a huge emotional wallop for me, but it's warm, and it's kind, and every single shot is composed with beauty and emotion. So I'm not mad at it.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    If I don't see a better movie this year, I won't be surprised. It's wild for a movie to be this weird, this goofy, and this utterly profound at the exact same time. Directors DANIELS show such confidence in combining incongruous images, concepts, and tones (bagels and dildos and rocks, oh my!). The shifts in tone could be jarring but they all feel perfectly attuned to the film's exploration of depression and trauma. It's a whole lotta fun and also…