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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The pinnacle of the trilogy. The scope grows wider, but the intimacy goes deeper. Everything that Jackson did beautifully in the two preceding entries is refined to perfection here. Even clocking in at over four hours the extended cut of the film really moves while providing the most robust and complete vision of the story. 

    The greatest moral fable of our era. My favorite film of all time.

    Extended Edition
    Viewed on blu-ray 
    1080p

  • Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror has usually been at its best when examining relationships; taking the mundane, everyday interaction and spinning it into something greater through a technological twist. Rarely have the episodes boasting higher stakes and lethal consequences felt masterful; they have a tendency to wear out their welcome and spell their messages out too plainly.

    Smithereens is different. It’s a tension-machine that weaves clever social commentary into a high-stakes thriller with more than a hint of humor and wit. The cast is uniformly excellent, Andrew Scott steals the show.

    Streamed through Netflix 
    4K

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  • Us

    Us

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Who suffers for our privilege? 

    Jordan Peele adds another instant classic to the canon of cinematic horror. This time his line of thought is broader in scope, yet more pointed in its content. The target of his satire is less crystal than it was in Get Out, very much by design. His sympathies lie with everyone, yet that does not mean that no one is to blame. 

    Us asks us to ponder, even for a moment, the people at the…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    An old-fashioned sci-fi fable. Unlike so many major blockbusters the cinema has seen lately, Alita never takes the cowardly route in allowing sarcasm and meta-humor to undermine the sincerity at the heart of its story.

    The screenplay is a touch wooden and over-expository but Rodriguez and the cast, Salazar and Waltz in particular, make the best of what they’re given. The dynamic between the aforementioned duo is genuinely touching and anchors the spectacle, of which there is much. When Alita