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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Green Knight
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • To Live and Die in L.A.

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★★½

  • Cottage Country

    ★★

  • Feels Good Man

    ★★★★

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

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  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★★

    Werner Herzog does something remarkable in Nosferatu the Vampire, the near-perfect remake of the German Expressionist masterpiece, Nosferatu.  Instead of reworking the story to serve his ego or updating the tone or themes for modern audiences, Herzog instead crafts a stunning companion piece to the original film, leveraging dialogue and musical motifs that were unavailable to F.W. Murnau and team during the silent era of the first film’s release to provide greater depth to the original film’s characters, with particular attention…

  • Godzilla Minus One

    Godzilla Minus One

    ★★★★½

    Thus far my favorite film of 2023, the near-perfect Godzilla: Minus One, a stunningly  palpable, emotionally-wrenching, and yes, occasionally quite bleak prequel to the 1954 masterpiece does unfortunately drag in sections despite help from a phenomenal score, and the somber Underworld journey of our anti-hero protagonist, Shikishima, is difficult to watch for much of the film, but this rendition of the Big-G, though physically smaller than he’s appeared in previous Toho joints, is as viciously brutal as we’ve ever seen…

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★★½

    10 Things I Hate About You is a cinematic joyride that takes the Shakespearean classic and turns it into a high school rom-com that's as delightful as it is clever. Starring the ever-charming Heath Ledger, whose smile alone could melt the polar ice caps, this film is a masterclass in how to make audiences fall head over heels in love with a story. Ledger's performance is so magnetic, you'll find yourself rooting for him even when he's being a typical high…

  • Cottage Country

    Cottage Country

    ★★

    With a decent premise that sort of runs out of steam pretty much as soon as we break into act two, Cottage Country is bogged down by weird casting, an odd tone, a cheap aesthetic, and a central relationship that makes little sense, resulting in a messy disappointment that fails to live up to its potential.

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

    Less a proper movie than it is a nostalgic two-hour commercial for the military industrial complex wrapped up in a vanity project to end all vanity projects, Top Gun: Maverick thrills in spots and is overall entertaining but suffers from terrible writing jammed with clunky exposition and mostly unearned emotional beats.

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

    Lacking thematic depth, sorely in need of narrative focus, and pathetically over-reliant on knowing by heart the plot points of a logically vacant Disney+ TV series, Doctor Strange 2 is by no means outrightly bad but could have been so much better, by leaning even more heavily into the promised horror elements and by amping up the general weirdness, occult aspects, and goddamn sorcery, given it is a Dr. Strange movie, for chrissake.

    The original Dr. Strange was the first…