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  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★½

    It’s occasionally distracting how brilliant Marlon Brando is. Sometimes it feels like he‘s a visitor from a modern movie, dropping in to up the ante for the acting craft. That said, the rest of this is master class in stone-cold classic filmmaking.

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  • Welcome to Marwen

    Welcome to Marwen

    ★★

    A very, very weird major-studio curio. A bizarre mash-up of an Oscar®-bait PTSD drama & bootleg Toy Story spin-off.

    This is a noble effort. It's easy to see what Zemeckis saw in the original documentary, Marwencol. But his dramatic interpretation feels misguided and self-satisfied.

    In the hands of a more nuanced filmmaker, this could have been pretty special. The meta-narrative shifts are bold and inventive, but there are two completely different tones here. The real world is authentic and melancholy. The…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    vicky krieps almost beats out daniel day-lewis in a stunning remake of Mr. Woodcock

  • Diamantino

    Diamantino

    ★★★½

    this movie got me thinking a lot about both Amadeus and the Spy Kids franchise afterwards. that's how bonkers it is.