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Grace Zhou

‘Booksmart’ gets an A+

Ambitious, smart, funny, outspoken, overbearing, snide, controlling and endearing are just some of the adjectives that define Molly, the main character of “Booksmart.” In the first few minutes of the film, it’s tempting to try to box her into one of the character tropes we’ve seen time and time again in high school movies: she’s…

‘On the Basis of Sex’ can’t win the case

“On the Basis of Sex” is the film we desperately need right now … is what I wish I could say about this paint-by-numbers biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which arrives half a year after the successful documentary “RBG” and two months after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The film could have been…

‘The Guilty’ delivers thrills from behind a telephone

Occasionally, film reviews begin with a visual description of a particularly memorable scene – one that embodies or elucidates the film as a whole. All good films have at least one: the unnerving introduction of Hannibal Lecter, the kitchen scene in “Jurassic Park,” the shower killing in “Psycho.” But “The Guilty” might be an exception.…
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