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  • The Firm

    The Firm

    ★★½

    Tom Cruise’s teeth are misaligned. They shift to our right, his left, so that his top right incisor bisects his face, perfectly aligning with the Cupid’s bow of his upper lip. Cursory Googling reveals this to be a common observation, but it’s new to me and stands as my most meaningful takeaway from this, the most 1993 of films. I guess we all had legal thriller fever in the 90s. How else could you explain a cast this stacked? A…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★½

    Can’t believe this thing cost 200 mulanion dollars. With a way too mulong runtime, muyawn-inducing dialogue, and themes that are mulan the nose, not even an extended training mulantage can save this mulannecessary Disney retread. To be fair, I spent most of the time thinking of this mulanslaught of terrible puns. I’m so sorry.

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Great headphones movie. Riz Ahmed is as advertised, but Paul Raci is the quiet soul of the film—face mapped with wrinkles, his manner, calm and knowing, projecting wisdom hard-fought. On the surface, a film about hearing, but Sound of Metal is above all about listening and how genuine love always wills the good of the other.

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★½

    Youth is wasted on the young.