Movie Diary 11/22/2016

The Love Witch (Anna Biller, 2016). The best thing about this amazingly-designed retro romp is that there’s an actual point to it. Witches and misogyny have gone hand in hand before, so Biller simply applies a varnish of zany Seventies kitsch and scores points in an especially sly (and funny) way. (full review 11/25)

Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016). The travails of three African-American employees of NASA in the 1960s, bouncily portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer. Cornball at times as expected, but easy to like. (full review 1/6)

Old Stone (Johnny Ma, 2016). A downward spiral for a taxi driver, who aids an accident victim and lives to regret the good deed. (full review 12/2)

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