Georgia O’Keeffe and others review The Lion King (2019)

Disney celebrates itself by making a shot-for-shot, photo-realistic remake of an audience favorite. According to the reviewers I admire and tend to trust, this is a product of the circle of lifelessness.


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Toy Story 4 and the Gabby Gabby problem

In Part 3 of my review, we wrestle with questions about controversial plot twists. (There will be spoilers!)


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Well played, Pixar! Thoughts on Toy Story 4

Part One of a three-part reflection on Toy Story 4, in which I am proven wrong and the movie turns out to be a fantastic, opening up promising new frontiers for these beloved characters.


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Girl on a leash

Don't miss this overlooked treasure from 2018: a mystical "fantasy" about a young Zambian girl condemned as a witch.


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Giving a grade to Booksmart

Booksmart is certainly energetic and exciting. But do its high-powered hormones overwhelm its generous heart?


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Beware of Elisabeth Moss as a reckless rock goddess

Elisabeth Moss stars as Becky Something, a ferociously self-destructive rock star who challenges us to consider the tenacity of our love.


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High Fidelity (2002)

Digging through the archives, I've found an old favorite and I'm taking it for a spin. Here's my original Year 2000 review of High Fidelity.


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Ash is Purest White (2019)

Jia Zhangke delivers a wildly ambitious epic of a gangster's girlfriend thrown overboard into Chinese capitalism's unmerciful storms. Go see it. (Caution: Part Two of this essay examines the film's confounding conclusion, so — spoilers!)


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