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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An almost too-good-looking-to-be-true youth named Elio, played with uncanny perfection by the previously unheralded Timothée Chalamet, is spending the summer with his parents in Northern Italy, when his father (a university professor played brilliantly by the wonderful Michael Stuhlbarg in a rare, non-comedic role) offers a home to one of his most-gifted mature students, the impossibly-handsome Oliver, played by Arnie Hammer.

    Elio and Oliver bond, and it soon becomes clear that there is a level to their relationship that goes…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant


    Humans in space track weird audiovisual signal to creepy planet. They land. Nasty stuff happens. There's a dubiously-intentioned android. They return to their mothership. More nasty stuff. Alien is nudged into space. The end ... or is it?

    That is, basically, the plot of Alien. It's also, basically, the plot of Alien: Covenant. I blame The Forces Awakens, which was a virtual re-hash of A New Hope. Why be inventive when you can do what has been done before, only…

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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ah, okay. The premise of this movie is thus: In the city, if you lose your partner, then you get sent to the hotel. In the hotel, if you do not make a successful match within 45 days, then you are turned into the animal of your choice. If you are successful, then you return to the city. If you are almost successful but argue a bit, then you are assigned a child, which usually helps. If you escape from…

  • Arrival



    Twelve odd objects arrive and hover over unconnected spots all around the globe. Bizarre communications are received from them, so (for the object hovering over Montana) linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to decipher the messages. It is soon discovered that the objects are alien ships ... but what do the aliens want? Do they come in peace? Are they hostile? And how should mankind react to them? With open arms, or guarded hostility?

    Sometimes you encounter…