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March 10, 2024

AMERICAN FICTION

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ColeSmithey.com2023 stands as perhaps the best year for satire.

"American Fiction" puts a fine point on that fact with a laugh-out-loud movie that covers a lot of satirical ground.

First time writer/director Cord Jefferson adapts Percival Everett's 2001 novel "Erasure" with snappy results.

Jeffrey Wright plays Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a black fiction writer fed up with the state of black writers publishing books that pander to downtrodden black stereotypes.

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Job and family troubles send Monk on a journey toward a new chapter of self-fulfillment and improved personal relations with friends and family.

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"American Fiction" joins 2023's list of truly inspiring films that prove Cinema is far from dead despite Hollywood's worst efforts over the past 20 years.

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May there never be another comic book movie, and plenty more great movies from Cord Jefferson.

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Three cheers for "American Fiction."

Perfection.

Rated R. 105 mins.

5 Stars

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POOR THINGS

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ColeSmithey.comWhen I met Yorgos Lanthimos at the Fox Searchlight party for his film "The Favourite," I told him that I thought that film fell short of being as bawdy as it should have been, that he needed to lean into being much bawdier with his movies. Yorgos seems to have followed my advice.

Working from a novel by Scottish novelist Alasdair Gray, and with artistic input from the film's lead actress Emma Stone, Yorgos Lanthimos presents a captivating journey of self-discovery that necessarily involves sex, lots and lots of sex.

Oh how refreshing to see characters fucking, rather than shooting each other.

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"Poor Things" coincides with Emerld Fennell's "Saltburn" in confronting Hollywood's gun-happy format with something considerably more grounded, namely the sex urge that drives people, and the social curiosity that comes along with it.

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Rapturous in its outrageous designs, "Poor Things" is a wonder to behold and a balm for the soul.

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Emma Stone is fearless. Willem Dafoe is exquisite, as he always is. Mark Ruffalo provides the comic timing.

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Brilliant social satire arrives in spades with a movie that you may want to watch a few times, for obvious reasons.

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The not-so-obvious reasons are good too.

Rated R. 141 mins.

5 Stars

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SLATBURN

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ColeSmithey.comWriter/director Emerald Fennell helps usher in 2023 as the year that Cinema vaulted back to life, with a transgressive black comedy that splashes cum-soaked mud on corporate cinema with tireless glee.

The filmmaker behind another recent masterpiece ("Promising Young Woman") swings for the fences and connects.

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Barry Keoghan is transfixing as Oliver Quick, a social climbing interloper with more background knowledge and cunning strategy than any of his upper class can begin to imagine. The future looks bright for Mr. Keoghan's acting career.

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Ranuchy, bawdy, sexy, and unbound, Saltburn leaves a sticky mark on its viewers.

You may be uncomfortably entertained, but entertained and entranced you will be.

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Sex trumps violence in the new Cinema of satisfaction that 2023 brings to fruition.

Comic book movies be damned. No one's getting laid there.

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Can't wait to see what Emerald Fennell has in store for her audience next.

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Class warfare is wet business.

Drop the panties and briefs.

Rated R. 131 mins.

5 Stars

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