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  • Carol

    ★★★★½

  • Skyfall

    ★★★★

  • Magic Mike XXL

    ★★★½

  • Halloween

    ★★★★½

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  • Akeelah and the Bee

    Akeelah and the Bee

    ★★★★

    Does it feel a bit Disney-fied? Sure. I mean, it was marketed by *checks notes* Starbucks? There are parts that really date it to pre-Obama days--it points out but doesn't much explore the systemic inequities that position Akeelah where she is, not to mention the subplot of her principal trying to capitalize on her successes to help get more funds for the school (which then gets dropped by the final act).

    Did it also make me cry (in a good…

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★

    The story doesn’t really work for me, but the Grand High Witch was practically written for Anjelica Huston. The makeup and prosthetics are genuinely terrifying, and I appreciate the bananas decision to throw in a Battleship Potemkin reference. (And no, IMDb, the Dies Irae is not “music from The Shining.”)