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  • The Shining
  • All That Jazz
  • Mulholland Drive
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  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

  • Ad Astra

    ★★★

  • The Keep

    ★★

  • Halloween

    ★★★

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

    Ridley Scott helms a late-career marvel where he at once directs brilliant performances, delivers well-paced spectacle, and champions his female protagonist. He’s worked well with strong female leads throughout his career (ALIEN, THELMA & LOUISE, G.I. JANE), so Scott is a great choice to balance the action, the violence, and Margeurite’s bravery. But two things stunningly make one pause when reflecting on THE LAST DUEL. Firstly, is Holofcener’s layered, transformative work on her subsection of the script. But secondly, is the…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★

    Rewatch time. After hearing some compelling discussion for the genius of AD ASTRA on the recent Uncut Gems podcast, I squeezed in some time to give the James Gray film a rewatch.

    Now, to be honest, I had to squeeze in the runtime plus another half hour or so to accommodate brief rewinds to ensure that I didn’t miss anything when the film’s sedative began kicking in.  I’ll be honest. It’s me. I’m the problem, but God almighty this film…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    With all of its production value, gimmicky roving camera, and (falsely advertised) real-time narrative, 1917 is impressive to experience, but honestly is a little light on an emotional core. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman lack the weight, it seems, to make me care about them. Honestly, the long, 'look-at-me' shots have such forward momentum and 'what's next' drama, the audience never really gets a moment to slow down and get to know these young soldiers. And, that's what I think…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    The reference to 'Nomad' in the title of Chloe Zhao's new film has a twofold meaning. Quite literally, Frances McDormand lives a nomadic existence. She lives in her van and travels across the expanse of the US countryside, stopping along the way for periods of seasonal work. She's like a member of an ancient pre-agriculture civilization, always moving, no home, following a roaming food source. Only she roams and camps in her van. In Zhao's film, Nomad also refers to…