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  • The Enforcer

    The Enforcer

    ★★

    if magnum force was something of a critique, the enforcer, doubles-down on the most reactionary impulses of this franchise. it’s a movie where eastwood faces off against hippie terrorists (with no politics to speak of) and has to deal with pc culture in the form of a lady cop. there’s also the usual helping of racist stereotypes. a low point in the series, thus far.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    A claustrophobic horror film about bureaucracy and all the ways in which monstrous behavior is covered for and normalized. Expertly directed, especially as it relates to how sexism and misogyny can saturate the very atmosphere of a place. Julia Garner is a real treasure.

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★

    I don’t think I have anything original to say about HAMILTON as musical theater. It’s a real achievement! Fun, exciting, innovative and, at points, genuinely moving. 

    I do have a few thoughts on HAMILTON as a historical narrative and as an ideological project, and I’ll use my review to think out loud on both subjects.

    The HAMILTON narrative depends on stripping the American founding of much of its context. The only way to present the titular hero as a striving…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    It is undeniable that THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is a reaction to THE LAST JEDI and an attempt to satisfy a vocal cadre of fans who rejected the previous movie for its attempt to subvert the tropes of a Star Wars film.

    Unhappy that the principal cast was separated for most of TLJ? Well, TRoS keeps them all together for most of its runtime.

    Unhappy with Rian Johnson’s clear contempt for bloodlines and familial legacies? Well, TRoS makes clear that…