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  • Ringside Maisie

    Ringside Maisie

    ★★★

    I wish these movies were comedies.

  • Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme

    Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme

    ★½

    Absolutely mad, with plenty of cues from Pee Wee, the Talking Heads, and Devo. Pitched at sub-5-year-olds for sure, and some of the celebrity cameos are just nuts.

    I may have only watched this because of how Shelly Duvall looks in her Bo Peep costume. No shame.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★

    I kind of wish this movie was less about the pretty white girl's typical 'rediscovering her mom' junk and more about Hudson's discovery and connection to a group of women who embody so many of her own feelings that she could never express before.

    Instead, the dramatic beats seem like less of an awakening than a mishmash. The insertion of contemporary music is jarring, and the overuse of montage covers some moments that would be better left explored. Just kind of unsatisfying overall, though it has a lot of good pieces.

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    My friends: "Saw this on 70MM at the dolled-up Arclight with a full program, commemorative take home bag, and the film's cast talking about the film before and afterwards."

    Me: "I saw this at a four screen movie theater in a small town with an old guy four rows back talking about how much he missed every brand that popped up and pointing out his wife sounded that way when she snores too. I WIN."