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  • Apollo 13

    ★★★★

  • Elvis

    ★★★

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

  • Flatliners

    ★★

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  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13

    ★★★★

    Apollo 13 is a procedural that looks at the intensity of managing a space flight. It's the most infamous space flight of all time, so it makes sense there are moments of tenseness. Yet, I remember this being better than the actual experience of rewatching it; I believe the episodic nature of the storytelling lends this well to the repeat TV viewings in my childhood this definitely had. Still, the cast is excellent, Horner's score is phenomenal, and this is…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    Elvis is pretty enjoyable, thanks to the maximalist vision of Baz Luhrmann. Thankfully unrestrained here, Luhrmann assaults the screen with imagery and editing that makes the film impossible to look away from. Unfortunately, he also hits every single trope imaginable in an overlong package that rarely has any momentum beyond the direction. Butler is giving a good subtle performance as Elvis, but to be honest, you don't go to a Baz Luhrmann movie for subtlety, and in that regard, Tom…

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    This is such a haunting film, created with genuine love and unafraid to get dark and really interrogate the themes its presenting. Osment gives one of the greatest child performances ever, and Law does so much with so little. Yet, it clearly belongs to Spielberg, Williams and Kamiński, who are both firing at the top of their game and unafraid to experiment a bit. It all builds to a gloriously emotional ending that leaves you gutted more than anything. A.I. Artificial Intelligence is the unsung masterwork of Spielberg's career; there's nothing quite like it, a messy yet utterly beautiful work that is worth treasuring.

  • Flatliners

    Flatliners

    ★★

    Weirdly fluctuates from being fun camp and taking itself way too seriously. It works best as a Kevin Bacon vehicle, as he's the only one able to sell both sides of this pulpy script. Some gorgeous imagery too, but by the time the third act hinges on saving the least likable character in a horror movie, it's hard not to completely check out of it. Pretty disappointing but then again, I don't know why I expected much better considering I…

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.

    The fun of The…

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ★★★★★

    Move over Christopher Nolan! The Emoji Movie is easily the greatest film of 2017 and a striking condemnation of all who have insulted its very existence. A brilliant commentary of how the modern world's over-reliance on texting and pictures to portray emotion, this film does exactly that. When Gene the Meh Emoji is denied the love of his father because he actually enjoys being alive, it's a perfect representation of how toxic masculinity prevents one feeling emotions other than raw…