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  • No Time to Die

  • Victor/Victoria

    ★★★★

  • Exiled

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    For whatever my opinion is worth, I think this is the best overall entry of the Craig era outside of its inaugural film.

    Like 2006's Casino Royale, it's an ungainly blend of popular film/TV tropes with Fleming source material (a melodramatic remix of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Live Twice), anchored by a very committed, satisfying performance by Daniel Craig that carries it through some of its more awkward moments.

    I have plenty more to say about it, but that'll have to wait for another time.

  • Victor/Victoria

    Victor/Victoria

    ★★★★

    Charmingly, joyously provocative.

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  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★★★

    Frankenheimer handles chaotic action with breathtaking energy and clarity; the car chases in this film are a master-class in action cinema. While Frankenheimer allows himself a few marvelous flourishes (the very best being a quick edit from blood splashed on a car window to an ice skater's red sweater), his direction is mostly understated here, but never less than precise.

  • Domino

    Domino

    ★★★★

    It's clearly the result of a troubled shoot, but the ellipses here--which aren't really gaps in narrative, just sudden lurches from story beat to beat, which, given that this is a De Palma film, means that those lurches are often also lurches from formal device to formal device--make this material all the more fascinating, destabilizing the film and allowing De Palma's images to speak more directly with one another.

    In an earlier interview, De Palma said he liked his final…