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Call Jane (2022)

Call Jane is a breezy indie dramedy about back-alley abortions. Read that sentence again.

While it crosses over into something transgressive a few times — for example, a debate about who gets their limited free abortion slots (a rape victim, a 12 year old, etc.) that plays like dinnertime banter — but in general what’s most surprising about Call Jane is how down-the-middle and low-stakes the movie is given its subject matter.

The film presents itself as uplifting slice of feminism, which I suppose is part of the point: its characters (and its filmmakers) want to normalize reproductive rights the same we do voting rights and freedom of the press and the usual topics of films like this. But it still feels so tonally jarring to me.

It’s well-made enough as a production. Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver are reliably charismatic, and Cory Michael Smith gives the film a blast of dark wryness as the doctor performing the abortions. But it just feels a little bit baffling and off-key its whole runtime.

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M3GAN (2022)

Little girls are creepy, uncanny dolls are creepy, both have been frequently and successfully been transformed into horror icons in the past… por que no los dos?

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Snow Day (2022)

Typically when I spend most of the runtime wondering “Who was this movie made for?” I mean that as a negative.

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The Fabelmans (2022)

It is noteworthy on multiple levels that Steven Spielberg has a writing credit on The Fabelmans.

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The Menu (2022)

There is some irony inherent in writing and reading a review of a film like The Menu.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)

Guiellermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio does a bunch of little- to medium-sized things wrong, but none of them end up mattering very much because it is such a fundamentally good movie.

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Strange World (2022)

To say the 61st feature created by Walt Disney Animation Studios came and went with little fanfare would be the understatement of 2022.

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Sam & Kate (2022)

You may as well call it Nepo Baby: The Movie.

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Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

In one of the first scenes of Three Thousand Years of Longing, narratologist and protagonist Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) describes the lost art of storytelling.

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Mickey Saves Christmas (2022)

Mickey Saves Christmas is neat, but is that the bar we want to aim for?