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  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • La Chinoise
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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★

  • Free Guy

    ★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★

  • Wrath of Man

    ★★★★

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★½

    The Royal Casino is one of the best Bond movies because it captures how global politics actually works. Money washes around the world and people who are clued in find it trivially easy to get rich. But because it's so easy, they get bored of that and start getting involved in schemes to manage the managers. So there is this layer within the rich that includes secret agencies and criminal hierarchies which mostly seems to fight each other and could…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★

    I had fun. It's paint by numbers but pretty good paint. I know they are pushing this as an "Asian representation" movie but really it's more interesting as an example of a dual-use Chinese and American movie intended for two (plus) markets. The first twenty minutes or so are in Chinese and it leans heavily on Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh to give it gravitas. It limits the damage that Marvel CGI can do to a movie by making the…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★½

    Okay so I messed up... the target age for this movie is about 10 years old... Don't go see this if you are a grown ass man, it is a full blown kids movie. It's strange that a kids movie would have so many guns in it, but gun violence is a real problem in our society and art is a mirror. There are a lot of bit parts for streamers in this, which made me feel bad about myself in a few ways.

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  • La Chinoise

    La Chinoise

    ★★★★½

    A lot of sugar to help the medicine of Marxism-Leninism go down. Yes, the kids are isolated buffoons, up in the clouds of revolutionary theory and a little too excited to kill people. But what's so good about the normie world? A bunch of bombs being dropped on Vietnam and stuffy old people holding meetings about criminal compromises. The kids know things can't go on like this and their confusion is ours.

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    The first real film of the Trump era: A snide bigoted joke between rich friends.