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  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    Not just a movie, but a MOVIE, a goddamn cinematic experience. J. Lo is as good as everyone says she is, and that Oscar buzz better be real. She is a national treasure, a force.

    More substantive thoughts: We've seen so many versions of this story, this archetype, told from the point of view of men, especially white men. Movies about scammers, swindlers, con men (almost always men!), etc. How gratifying it is to see it from the perspective of…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    It's impossible not to be charmed by two of our best movie stars dialing up their movie star charm to a 15, and having a hell of a time. Like most of Quentin Tarantino’s films, it’s around 30 minutes too long, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by most of it.

    Still, his pastiche and alternative history thing kind of gets old. Conceptually, I keep thinking about how there are other more fascinating stories to be told about late ‘60s…

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    Still processing, but can report that this made me cry (and I am not a crier at movies!), and made me want to call my parents. So many moments of recognition, of "oh my god, I have never seen this portrayed on screen before," down to its tiny details. More TK.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★½

    Layers upon layers of ludicrous implausibilities and dimension-less characters, though even cynical me was not immune to its occasional charms.