Tagged: carey mulligan

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Promising Young Woman: Squandered, by David Bax

In comedy, there’s this term “clapter.” It describes what happens when a comedian gains an audience’s approval by declaring something with which they are sure to agree instead of by saying funny things. The audience claps instead of laughing. Comedians...

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Scott’s Movie Journal #3

In Name Only (John Cromwell, 1939) (first view) If anyone told me there was a 30s movie with Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, and Kay Francis, my first guess wouldn’t necessarily be a life-and-death melodrama, but here we are. Everyone is...

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Mudbound: Bittersweet Symphony, by David Bax

Mudbound is not just a clever name for Dee Rees’ extraordinary new film. Rain and the thick, brown, sticky slop that ensues are a constant presence. In the opening scene, which we’ll soon learn is a flash-forward, two brothers (Jason Clarke...