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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★★

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

    The tale of Celeste begins with a school shooting. A senseless act of violence, and in the aftermath, a grieving nation turns to music for comfort. Celeste herself was shot in the neck, but survived. What doesn't kill her made her stronger. Vox Lux launches from that point to become focused on a wild variety of topics, from the state of the music industry to terrorism to emotional healing.

    Celeste's career is a rapid rise to super-stardom, aided by her…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    How ironic that Netflix’s first Masterpiece with a capital M demands to be seen on the silver screen. Shot in 65mm and mixed in Atmos to audial perfection, Roma is a testament to the power of cinema. There’s a grace and beauty to the film that is extremely rare to come by, but Alfonso Cuarón has that golden touch; a gift from God. For 135 minutes, Roma brings you into its world, but the carefully designed settings and the strong…

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  • The Village

    The Village

    ★★

    To quote Reynolds Woodcock: “it’s not very good, is it?”

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★½

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

    M. Night Shyamalan has spent the past twenty years tricking his audiences, starting back with the legendary twist in The Sixth Sense. Over time, the twists, from aliens to deadly plants, have had diminishing returns. The twist this time: he almost made a good film.

    Almost. Ultimately, Glass fails due to the one thing that ironically plagues all superhero movies: the third act, when our heroes and villains square off for dominance. I’m not going to go in-depth until later…

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    Lars Von Trier: Hey man, doesn’t life suuuuck? And doesn’t the life of an artist suuuuck? Aren’t serial killers the same as serious artists? Aren’t their victims, in a sense, a work of art? Hey, aren’t I a serious artist? Isn’t my entire filmography full of violent and disgusting things? Doesn’t Matt Dillon in this movie I directed remind you of me? Doesn’t his appalling crimes in this movie remind you of my movies and how they’re received by audiences?…

  • Vice

    Vice

    ½

    Let me tell you a story. A couple of years ago, during winter break in the middle of February, one of my back left molars died, as the nerve had completely rotted away, leaving nothing behind. I needed a root canal, and during that week, as snow piled up from one blizzard after the other, I was in agony. It hurt to chew, to swallow, to move my jaw. Even for several days after the operation, I was in pain.…