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  • The Last Dive

    The Last Dive

    ★★★½

    Extremely enjoyable - and surprisingly joyful for a film about two suicidal men, thanks to its many dance scenes - but I have no idea what it's really getting at. The half hour performance of Salome's dance, which takes up a third of the entire film, is a real show-stopper.

  • Test Pattern

    Test Pattern

    ★★★½

    TEST PATTERN does a great job of sketching in the dynamics of Renesha (Brittany S. Hall and Evan's (Will Brill) relationship, from their initial meeting and first few dates to his reaction after she's sexually assaulted. He's a "nice guy" whose anger at that violation may be genuinely righteous, but he doesn't understand the reasons why Renesha is less than enthusiastic about spending hours trying to get a rape kit for a very slim chance at prosecuting her rapist or…

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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★

    The popular idea that comedy needs to “punch up” is too simplistic. It’s not always easy to figure out who has real power – the small army of cis male comics who think transphobia is the height of free thought are rather confused about it – or how to use humor to criticize Karens roaming Wal-Mart screaming at anyone with a mask on or empty female Instagram influencers without buying into sexist attitudes. (Look at how badly jokes about Britney…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    I think it's safe to say that David Fincher's reputation on Letterboxd is extremely high - last year, I saw a stat that FIGHT CLUB was the highest-rated film on the site. Something has gone awry with the reception of MANK when review after review here calls it his worst film. Having seen it, I can understand why. It pursues a curdled mixture of nostalgia and critique that, honestly, will go over the heads of a Netflix audience that's never…