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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    An old-school showcase of technical filmmaking and stuntwork, dripping with licensed music and American imperialism. I guess the thing about it is just that it’s so tightly spun and gorgeous to look at, and - unlike Marvel or really most American blockbusters - doesn’t pretend to have any metaphysical insight or symbolic aspirations to flatter its audience’s intelligence. (That said, it’s hard not to see Maverick in this film as a kind of angel of death, traumatized by the events…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Why is this movie about not beating yourself up so much so insecure that they need a punchline every 60 seconds to remind you how cRaZy everything is? Its larger than life drama is made to feel small by its haphazard composition and overstuffed screenplay in which 4 out of 5 characters exist to spew exposition in every scene just so baby brained idiots know exactly which other Marvel films are being referenced. The film is so replete with sludgy…

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  • Promare

    Promare

    ★★★★★

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

    This film features a giant robot called Deus X Machina.

  • Atlantis

    Atlantis

    ★★★★

    Stalker by way of Apichatpong. Atlantis is a slow film that unfolds in a series of extremely striking, memorable tableaux set in a future Ukraine, after a major conflict with Russia, and against the backdrop of a shrinking global economy. The main character - a laid-off steel worker whose closest companion, also a former soldier, has committed suicide - ventures into the vast expanse of polluted battlefield to help dig up and identify decaying bodies. Knowing that their continued proximity…