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  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★

    On April 20, 2015, two large oil paintings were stolen from Oslo’s Galleri Nobel. The story didn’t quite rise to the level of international news — the work was only valued at €20,000 — but it was nevertheless a life-fracturing moment for Barbora Kysilkova, a gifted yet struggling young Czech artist who poured her trauma into those photoreal canvases for safekeeping. Both of the culprits were apprehended just a few days later, but Kysilkova only cared that neither of the…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★½

    Taylor Swift needs your approval. She always has. As an artist and a woman, she’s been conditioned to do the right thing since she was a child. To live for applause. To measure her worth in pats on the head. “My entire moral code is a need to be thought of as ‘good,’” the mega-famous musician confesses at the beginning of Lana Wilson’s “Miss Americana,” a safe but sincere and enormously winsome documentary about Swift’s long road to self-acceptance. And…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    “I want to be great, or nothing.”

    seen this 4 times now. great is selling it short.

    back to business as usual in January. sending warmth and well wishes to everyone out there in the meantime.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    spiritually corrupt, but — BUT! — also flat and artless in a way that not even the worst Star Wars movies have been before.

    thanks to paternity leave, i have no professional obligation to keep thinking about this hugely disappointing capitulation to the most feckless elements of studio filmmaking. and so i won't.

    EDIT: Babu Frik innocent.