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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★★★★

    And that, Malcolm, is what authenticity buys you.

    For me, it's an instant classic—from Marcell Rév's staggeringly beautiful photography (the opening and closing shots made me audibly gasp) to Julio C. Perez IV's razor sharp editing (always precisely aware of when to luxuriate in or cut away from any given moment) to Jen Malone's typically exquisite music direction to Sam Levinson's brutally lacerating script to the colossal performances of both leads.

    Speaking of, quick question: *how* many times do Zendaya…

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  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World

    ★★½

    Trust my rage.

    Perfectly...serviceable. I love Thor, I love Loki, I love (!) Darcy (who I completely forgot first appeared in this series before WandaVision), and then, uh, the buck kinda stops there. It's all very easy to swallow in the moment but, before logging, I had to read its Wiki synopsis to remember what happened at the end (whether the weed I smoked or the film's [general lack of] quality is to blame remains up for debate), so: blergh. Frigga's Norse funeral making me cry as much as it did *does* garner the whole thing an extra half star, though!

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    ★★★★★

    No dog's better than Dad.

    It always shocked me to remember that One Hundred and One Dalmatians is technically the second highest grossing Disney film of all time when figures are adjusted for inflation—but rewatching it now, for the first time in quite a while, it's not difficult to see why. A massively engrossing, jazzy adventure centered around an impossibly lovable cast of creatures, featuring arguably one of the most—perhaps *the* most, aside from Maleficent—terrifying villains in the studio's history?…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    Life is too short to be angry at one’s sisters.

    Greta Gerwig's Little Women is the dictionary definition of a "treasure"; it is, simply, exquisite in every way. I have regarded Louisa May Alcott's immortal text as my all-time favorite book for almost two decades now, and this faultless adaptation already means so much to me after one single viewing, my brain isn't quite sure what to do with itself.

    It is, at once, a perfectly crafted time machine back to…

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★★

    If it's positive, is there any way it could be negative?

    On any given day, a person can choose to be silent for an untold number of reasons. Often, we're merely existing or listening or processing. Occasionally, we're aiming to hurt or anger someone else; at other times, we're trying to heal inwardly. In many of the worst cases, it's a form of self-defense. Here, Autumn wears hers like armor.

    Hittman's picture is an absolute triumph: laser-focused, urgent, and immensely…