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  • You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

  • Life of Brian

    ★★★½

  • The History of Future Folk

    ★★★½

  • Dunkirk

    ★★★★

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    Medium analysis to come…

  • Life of Brian

    Life of Brian

    ★★★½

    It’s a bit tedious in parts and belabors certain bits too much, but overall Life of Brian is totally on-brand for Monty Python with its combination of low-brow gags and high-brow sociopolitical commentary.

    It takes aim at organized religions, revolutionaries, political leaders, and more, always toeing the line between scathing criticism and innocent observation. The commentaries about the hypocrisy of revolutionaries and the ways in which organized religions foster groupthink are particularly effective.

    Its narrative structure is fairly disjointed and certain skits are more engaging than others, but this is still a Monty Python entry that’s not to be missed.

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  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★½

    This was an intriguing experience, but it’s probably my least favorite Coen Brothers film.

    The fractured narrative didn’t work for me. It detracted from Clooney and Brolin’s storylines, which were the only ones keeping me interested. Swinton’s character is irritating and over-the-top, and the meta moments where we just watch fictional scenes meant to represent classic Hollywood movies are gratuitous in length. Though the Coens are definitely critical of Hollywood as an industry, they seem intent on honoring the classics.…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    In a word, Nolan’s direction in Dunkirk is precise. It feels as though not a single camera movement is wasted, and the result is a moving gallery of images that sears itself into your mind.

    This may actually be my second or third-favorite Nolan film. His script is minimalistic, but he utilizes almost every line for maximum emotional impact. He does the most with the least in terms of story, pulling a reverse-Inception that works extremely well. We receive little to…