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  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    Possibly the worst film of the entire franchise, a soulless retelling of X-Men's greatest story that is even more oafish than Kinberg's first go-around with it. Imagine all the fatal miscalculation of focus and tone of The Last Stand but with the added tedium of the most forced attempts at feminism (Jennifer Lawrence can barely hide her disgust saying, for absolutely no reason at all, that the X-Men should be called the X-WOmen!, lol) and its superficial attempt to frame…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★

    The longer I think about this movie the more I forget of the great chemistry between the leads, riotously exaggerated supporting performances and occasional glimpses of truth and the more I am weighed down by the stunning disconnect that the film has with its own subconscious. Molly and Amy's grating teen liberalism could make a great foundation for a gentle but pointed poking at strident but narrow-minded teen preciousness, but at no point does the film suggest that absolute cringe…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    Coogler's Creed is one of the best films of its kind, a work that confronted and gently but pointedly revised the racist underpinnings of the Rocky franchise and then happened to make the best movie in the whole series by its own rules. Black Panther, by contrast, is the latest reminder, after a few wilder, looser entries in the MCU, that when it comes to Marvel, the house always wins. Glacially paced and burdened with action so busy yet clumsy…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

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

    Killing yourself to own the libs.