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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★½

    More of an epilogue than a final chapter for one of cinema’s incomparable series of films, acutely calling into question various epistemological understandings of a happy life, including applicable loyalty, childless marriages and the meaning behind sentience itself.

    But there are two major problems here: 1) Pixar – who at their best, insist on and sustain unusually high standards of sequence-by-sequence dramatic storytelling, and at their worst are dispiritedly defensive and/or misleading about said standards – have by this point…

  • Late Night

    Late Night

    ★★

    An interesting idea for a commentary on the world of comedic late-night television, but the world it actually depicts is not an authentic one. It is impossible to believe much of the characters’ actions or intentions as they have been assembled, despite Thompson’s winning persona.


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  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★★

    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.

    and/or

    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.