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Last Flag Flying

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A lot of good will built up throughout the two hours of Last Flag Flying is undone in the final moments. It’s disappointing because if there was just a little bit of faith in the audience instead of what feels like a need to pander to them, it would’ve been a much better movie. As it stands, it’s still pretty good but after the peaks of director and co-writer Richard Linklater’s oeuvre (Boyhood, The Before series, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused), Flag comes off a bit trite and simple.

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Battle of the Sexes

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In some ways, the titular tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King featured in Battle of the Sexes, operates as a microcosm of the 2016 election: boorish letch challenges more qualified woman in a contest that is bigger than what it is on the surface. The denouement can be a bit cathartic in that way. I’m not as familiar with the actual match, other than a vague awareness of a TV movie called “When Billie Beat Bobby” so I had some idea which way this was going to go.

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