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  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★½

  • The Woman King

    ★★★

  • Moonage Daydream

    ★★½

  • Good Life Delivery

    ★★★★

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  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★½

    Mild take: Men-in-Black-style memory erase who any of these people are and what terminally online gossip culture made the backstage rumors to be and this is actually a fine real go-to-the-theater film movie.

    The already infamous Styles' quote has been picked apart into oblivion, but mid-budget dramas for adults have been fading out of cinema screens for at least a couple decades, so it feels like a high-profile release that's mostly departed from the awards circuit industrial complex gains points…

  • The Woman King

    The Woman King

    ★★★

    High floor, low ceiling. Competently made, with a solid script that hits all the expected beats of an old-school crowdpleaser. Incredibly safe, with flat cinematography and unimaginative MCU-like direction that serves the melodrama (and the good ensemble) better than it does the action. As expected for major productions drawing from historical events, this is at least interesting on the revisionist terms of what it chooses to portray and how, and what that might say about today's politics regarding race, class and gender, but still feels like a missed opportunity that the rarity of the subject matter isn't accompanied by more daring or memorable cinematic language.

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    [dancing]

    Brooke: What's going on in college?

    Tracy: I don't know, everyone's really excited about this frozen yogurt machine at the student center.

    B: I watched my mother die.

    T: What?

    B: I was with my mother while she died.

    T: I don't know any dead people.

    B: That's cool about the frozen yogurt machine. Everyone I love dies.

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★★

    "Pop culture is the politics of the 21st century".

    Wes Craven gets it. A horror thriller about women-hating Hollywood creeps that blame their actions on their victims, so, not timely at all. It's also, mostly, about deep, violent traumas coming back, and gaining physical form, to haunt people who had their lives defined by tragedy. That, of course, plays into the picture's meta-commentary on trilogies and the series' discussion of movie violence vs real-life violence. By definition, the best franchise…