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  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Le Samouraï
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Il Sorpasso

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  • Piper

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • Red Notice

  • It Could Happen to You

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    "An animal caught in a trap will gnaw off its own leg to escape. What will you do?"

    So, Dune. Easily the most highly anticipated movie of the year for many, which is inevitably going to lead to some reactions of disappointment. In my book, Denis Villeneuve transcends all my high hopes with his visually striking adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic novel.

    To get it out of the way first, the major criticism of Dune so far seems to be…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    "There's a difference between the kind of suffering we can't avoid and a suffering we choose."

    I'll be sharing a bit of family history in this review that I felt inspired to write about, so if that doesn't interest you, consider yourself warned for a rather long write-up.

    A Hidden Life made me think a lot about what little I know of my great-grandfather's life. My grandmother was born in 1939 and has very little memories of her father, both…

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  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    Red Notice is a marketing lesson in how to produce the biggest crap and sell it based on star power alone, and get away with it. If the Netflix statistics can be believed, this has been their most successful original movie release as of the opening weekend, which will unfortunately encourage them to produce and distribute even more of this stuff. (Granted, I do realize that I am part of that problem by having seen the entirety of this movie…

  • It Could Happen to You

    It Could Happen to You

    The Cage-athon: Delving Into Nicolas Cage's Filmography

    "It's like we're on two different channels now. I'm CNN and she's the Home Shopping Network."

    This was one of my least anticipated films during my Nicolas Cage marathon, as it seemed like a standard romantic comedy that would play out the way thousands others did during the 90s. And it is. But it also has Nicolas Cage rollerblading straight into a lake, and an insane supporting cast of where-have-I-seen-you-before faces, and it…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★

    Exciting stuff.

    Shang-Chi does not reinvent the wheel. It applies what Asian cinema has done for decades already to the standards of western blockbuster filmmaking, but at least it does so with respect and, most importantly, heart.

    As is the case with many of Marvel's film outings, the third act becomes overloaded with CGI and messy action clusters, but those result from a two-hour setup of mythological worldbuilding amidst a rich landscape of interesting cultural touches and magical creatures. And…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★

    Arguably one of the worst-reviewed films of the MCU and already one of their most polarizing films, Eternals, or rather the reactions to it, must have come as a disappointment to Marvel’s executives, as they clearly would have considered it an absolute winner given the prestigious release date window and with recent Oscar winner Chloé Zhao in the director’s seat.

    But to be fair, I do not entirely understand where the negative responses to this movie actually come from. If…