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  • Late Night

    Late Night

    absolutely dire stuff. as visually flat and uninspired as modern comedies get, with nary a laugh to be had. the fact that this managed even the smallest amount of positive buzz at Sundance feels like proof that the altitude does in fact get to you. i wish i had the confidence of the Amazon execs who paid thirteen million dollars for this and somehow thought a better fate awaited it than being dumped and forgotten on a streaming service.

  • The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    ★★★

    look, it's very clearly an unfinished movie. i know the four-hour cut Dolan has spoke of was likely just the assembly edit, but you've gotta imagine it's the complete, bloated, sprawling masterwork this was destined to be, shedding light on the many truncated strands and making Dolan's ambitions clearer. as for the fragments that remain, as with most Dolan i found it to be frustrating, unwieldy, absurdly portentous and immensely compelling. he's always been a director to wear his heart…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ½

    One of the worst films I've seen this year, and a genuine insult to Freddie Mercury's legacy. It's The Greatest Showman of 2018 in that it's a piece of glossy, overproduced, revisionist garbage that's totally dishonest in the portrayal of its subject. At least in this one the songs are good.

    You'll notice in the opening credits that Brian May and Roger Taylor are credited as producers, and their influence is obvious. They're portrayed as the glue of responsibility that…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    if all of Nolan's films are about him trying to come to terms with something through his typically cold, precisely-plotted, realist sensibilities (e.g. Inception and dreams, Memento and memory) then Interstellar is perhaps his most interesting movie yet - because it's a film about him trying to understand love.

    so i get why it doesn't work for some people. coming from Nolan it does kinda end up feeling like a movie about a robot learning to love, but at its…