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  • Miami Vice
  • Syndromes and a Century
  • Lust, Caution
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

  • Nobody

    ★★★★

  • Tenet

    ★★★★½

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    96

    "Back to the Matrix."

    Time to dive in the rabbit hole once again. If we've learned anything from the Wachowskis, it's that they have never not swung for the fences. They're not interested in the slightest in what the people want, consciously or unconsciously. Rather, they've always paved their own paths, often dropping blockbusters that seem to get more and more divisive. Of course, I count myself as a vocal proponent in what they're doing in this business for…

  • Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution

    ★★★★★

    95

    “Only in the dark, does he know it’s real.”

    What a run Ang Lee had in the 2000s. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hulk and Brokeback Mountain, and this. I thought he couldn’t beat out Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but he did for me. He takes his talents to direct an adaptation of a short novella of the same name, and somehow expands it a great deal thanks to Lee’s patience, two legendary performances from then-newcomer Tang Wei and Tony Leung. I…

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  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★★

    84

    “I’m nobody.”

    Gets right down to it, absolutely zero nonsense whatsoever. Often thrilling with a very solid Bob Odenkirk fully earning his initially unassuming persona only to transform into one of the baddest motherfuckers to have ever kicked ass in front of the camera. It’s just a bloody good time that doesn’t waste a single minute. As efficient as these movies can get in so little time.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    88

    "Life... is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    Amazing. Just amazing. Coupled with the Bard's writing, Joel Coen seemed primed to make a knockout from all fronts, whether it be his stylistic touch, the production design and the cast. I haven't seen a movie flex this hard from all fronts, but this is it. Everyone here are all at the apex of their powers here, with a commanding yet troubled Denzel Washington…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    93

    "Rick fucking Dalton."

    Well, this is it. If Quentin Tarantino wanted to ride out into the sunset, he could do it now. Simultaneously going back to what catapulted him into fame with Pulp Fiction all the while this film is a throwback to classic Hollywood just as the Golden Era ended, it's both a love letter and a lamentation. Tarantino might as well have been building his entire career towards this, as he gets to delve deeply into what…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    89

    complete silence

    Riz Ahmed was always one to look out for, given his terrific performance in Nightcrawler. Yet when I had heard that this one was about a metal drummer going deaf, my interest was piqued. Then, when I learned this had baked-in captions that were accessible to the deaf community, then I knew I had to see this. As a deaf person, I'm always skeptical to how filmmakers portray deaf people in general. There's quite a bit they…