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  • Dead Ringers
  • Darkman
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Dune

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  • School of Rock

    ★★★★½

  • Passing

    ★★★½

  • Nightmare Alley

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

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  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    ★★★★½

    It’s fun to show your kids movies you liked as a kid, but it’s even more satisfying to show them something you think they’ll love, and watch it blow their minds in real time. My older daughter has been interested in music and performing lately, and so I thought she might be into this for all the obvious reasons — and man was she. She’s currently running around the house dancing and throwing up devil horns. Thanks, Jack Black.

  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★½

    I liked this more on second viewing, when I focused less on the story and more on Rebecca Hall’s deft visual storytelling. I love the mirrored shots of the broken flower pot and the very last image of the film, and how she uses varying amounts of light on Tessa Thompson’s face — bright when she’s with Ruth Negga’s Clare, dark when she’s home with her family — to suggest the intrusion of this white world (or of the danger represented…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    Another Bong hit.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I will never watch any kind of making-of documentary or behind-the-scenes featurette about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. I don’t want to know how this film was made. I prefer to believe the extremely convincing illusion that Villeneuve somehow traveled to the year 10,191 and documented the strange civilization he encountered. Dune is full of stylization and visual artistry, but the future it conjures feel so complete and tactile that some segments play like a documentary of the world to come — which is an especially impressive feat since that world involves giant sandworms that consume everything that passes through their sphincter-like maws.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.