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  • Paprika

    Paprika

    Entrancing. Moves like liquid, flowing from place to place, image to image. A deftly built structural momentum that goes down so smooth the propulsion at its core barely registers as more than a pleasant hum. Truly dreamlike in both subject and execution.

    Brain Dead Studios
    35mm

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

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

    Stronger direction, weaker script.

    Was really on this one's wavelength for most of its runtime. My initial concern that the expanded scope would undermine the tight thrill factor that made the first film sing quickly turned out to be unfounded. Krasinski cooks up quite a few white-knuckler set pieces here, the best of which is undoubtedly a cross-cutting bit in the middle that combines three different sets of characters in three different places facing three different unique threats simultaneously. The…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    Toward the end of The Force Awakens there is one particular beat that has always stuck in my mind: after the death of Han Solo during the climactic battle, the heroes return to the Resistance base and are greeted by a throng of soldiers, including General Leia Organa.

    Chewbacca and Rey both walk down the ship's ramp, and the former simply strolls past Leia. They share no words, no moment of recognition for the loss of Han; Chewie's closest friend…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    The first (and thus far only) real, complete cinematic contribution to the Star War canon post-Lucas. Johnson's script is felt in a way few, if any, films from this legasequel era of Hollywood can lay claim to. This film doesn't simply rephrase or remix; it responds, it interrogates, it reflects.

    Miraculously, it succeeds both as an inheritor of the Lucas legacy and as a sequel to the incredibly incongruous Force Awakens, taking everything that film established about its characters to…