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Coming-of-age done right in thoughtful, sweet ‘CODA’

8/10 CODA is the archetypical coming-of-age story done properly, with an earnest, complex mix of emotions. There’s a well of authenticity here that’s usually absent from the genre and brings out the best it has to offer. Gloucester, Massachusetts- Ruby … Continue reading

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Gorgeous ‘Drive my Car’ leaves a lot in the glovebox

7/10 Drive My Car is an expansive, slow-breathing odyssey across layers of performance. It’s never boring, but it’s deliberate and demands the viewer meet it halfway, and I can’t help but go away wanting more. Hiroshima, Japan, some time ago- … Continue reading

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Netflix’ crown jewel ‘Power of the Dog’ shines

9/10 The Power of the Dog came onto my radar around its November 2021 release as “the toxic masculinity movie,” which was an immediate turn-off because I have a lot of difficulty with that term. It’s a very specific condition … Continue reading

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Did they really do a full Academy Awards show for 2020?

I spent January dicking around, procrastinating on the usual year-end routines for a film writer. Going through those particular motions after 2020, acting like we’d gotten a full slate of movies, felt dishonest. It felt boring. I didn’t do a … Continue reading

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‘Judy’ is everything you’ve come to hate about Oscarbate

2/10 The highest praise you could give Judy that it’s a comprehensive rundown in the poorest, most predictable instincts that go into making this kind of movie and a master class in what not to do. The film recalls the … Continue reading

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