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  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...


    Regina King is undeniable behind the camera, too.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984


    Extra half-star for letting Pedro Pascal show some range. Extra half-star for Kristen Wiig for the same. They are operating in a different, better comic book movie trapped inside this tonally confused and deeply problematic mess.

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  • Before Night Falls

    Before Night Falls


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A old friend of mine surprised me with a day trip to see this in the only theatre within 100 miles playing it. It was then, and remains now, astonishing. There are images that have remained frozen in my mind, all these years later. It’s not perfect - and some casting choices are super-problematic - but it remains one of the single best adaptations I’ve ever seen in terms of capturing the unique tone and cadence of a writer’s words.…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12


    If there were a retroactive award for casting generational talent, this film would be an excellent candidate. Larson and Dever give towering performances conveying the throughline of enduring and reckoning with abuse, as well as the humor and charm one needs to survive in a world that often fails to protect children.