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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★

    This is indeed frequently very funny and also it is exactly what you think it is, in good ways and bad (personally the "undercover Jew" part was the peak I thought). But don't let anyone tell you it's productive.

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★

    Zemeckis characteristically candy-coats the bitterness of this pill, which might make it seem corny (which isn't necessarily bad) to some but which I find effectively icky. Hathaway's bringing all her usual theater kid energy, also for good or ill. Either way this is still better than anything Tim Burton's made in at least a couple decades.

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    Great job turning this deeply idiosyncratic, sprawling story about collective trauma and history into Serious Beetlejuice.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…