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  • Save the Date

    Save the Date

    ★★★½

    Not a particularly groundbreaking or captivating concept for a romcom so it most operates as a conduit for the actors. And thank goodness Lizzy Caplan is front and center as she’s essentially endlessly appealing and compelling. Her character’s journey through life and love is a riddled minefield that she manages to navigate with a sort of deeply uncomfortable grace that’s very familiar to anyone who has been through life as an “adult.” Her friends, lovers, and family all navigate their own issues with varying levels of interest as well, but it’s really all about Sarah, her drawings, and her cat Ferd.

  • The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    ★★

    Something felt discordant and off after the first several scenes of this film. Then about a third of the way through the narrator stops telling his tale to the reluctant journalist hearing it and essentially does some heavy lifting to justify the story being told. I suppose it’s important to the development of the relationship between these two characters that we don’t see too often but are omnipresent in the narrative, but it feels more like director Xavier Dolan reassuring…

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  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    ★★★

    I can’t quite say watching Nic Cage silently beat the literal hell out of a bunch of demonic animatronic Chuck E. Cheese stand-ins is the culmination of his life’s work, but it’s kinda close. I’m also imagining the people who have their first Nic Cage experience with this movie and what a wild time they have in front of them. I’m not sure what’s the boldest choice: not having Nic Cage utter a single word, ending things with Free Bird, or dropping a Hobson’s Choice reference in the middle of it all. One more Nic Cage for good measure.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

    As both a recovering alcoholic (4 years, just like him) and a hearing person who has felt the tendrils of tinnitus burrow ever deeper into my head over the extended quietude of these pandemic months, this piece hit me hard. Ruben has already transitioned his life in a hugely difficult and meaningful way and to have another change blindside him in his carefully constructed little world feels like an affront to all that earned just reward. But just because we…