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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Photo by Kylie Wilkerson — 2019.

Love & Revelation: a ‘magic hour’ with Over the Rhine

Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist return with songs of ruin, loss, and hard-won hope.


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From Bamboozled to BlacKkKlansman: A conversation about Spike Lee Joints

In the latest episode of North by Pacific Northwest, I discusses Spike Lee’s films with cinephile, writer, and frequent Criterion Reflections contributor Josh Hornbeck.


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Shrek (2001)

Lo and behold—archaeologists digging deep in the Looking Closer archives have unearthed Overstreet's original 2001 review of Shrek.


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The Coen Brothers: Winning With Losers

"Coen losers tend to stay losers." — Damian Arlyn on the Coen brothers' characters


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Chungking Express (1994)

A brief reflection on Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express.


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