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  • Mia Misses Her Revenge

    ★★★½

  • Condorito: The Movie

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★

  • Riders of Justice

    ★★½

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  • Mia Misses Her Revenge

    Mia Misses Her Revenge

    ★★★½

    Hot young girls play the Fuck Marry Kill game with Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu (Porumboiu gets killed, of course) - a detail that's a bit too inside-baseball (see also: a director noting that he's cast "the only Romanian actor without a pot belly"), then again Mia's revenge on her (unseen) boyfriend is consciously cinema-inflected, giving the film a clear meta aspect: her plan is to film herself having sex, viewing the arm's-length detachment as a weapon when…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★

    He's here, he's there, "he's in the back seat of our car", he's everywhere. Sure, there's a couple of red herrings and false alarms, but it's hard to contrive much tension (or nuance) when you're dealing with the boogeyman, viz. a dramatic void: "There's nothing inside that man but pure evil". This franchise should've gone the Final Destination/Saw route of mechanical set-pieces done with outrageous style years ago - and the title kind of nods to that, but even as…

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

    Everything is product.

    Granny from Tweety and Sylvester fighting in The Matrix because hey, Warner Bros.

    Yet the message of the film is 'Be yourself! Do your own special thing!'.

    We love our corporate overlords.

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    ★★★★★

    Held me spellbound for three hours, if nothing else (extended cut, fwiw). 25th HOUR-ish - New York movie, moral drama about Doing the Right Thing, symphonic score over jagged rhythms - also Desplechin-ish for the sweep and scale, but more ambitious than either: an epic of human disconnection, based around the fact that language is such an imperfect way of trying to connect - emotion is easier, but we lose it as we grow older ("It is Margaret you mourn…