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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    After two films spent recasting victimized historical sects as victors through the lens of their oppressors' reprehensible moral compasses, The Hateful Eight is Quentin's first period film to look at history with utterly clear eyes. It can almost be viewed conceptually as an American, Carpenter-inspired pulp analogue to The White Ribbon - just as Haneke's film portrayed the seeping malaise in Europe that gestured toward an impending WWI, Eight shows us a foundation of America built upon overlapping layers of…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★½

    A series of moments motivated solely by how impressionistically visceral they can be rendered onscreen. It doesn't help that the film's two most stunning sequences (the Natives' attack and the bear's attack) are done with after the opening 20 minutes. The more Lubezki goes on just doin' his thing, the more Iñárritu reveals he doesn't have anything to bring to the table dramatically; he throws in a dead son for Leo and plenty of half-sketched thoughts about racism, but undercooked…