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  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart

    ★★★★

    As a piece of cinematic art, one of the most surprising and delightful things I’ve ever seen. It’s one thing to dream up something like this, but quite another to usher it into reality with such gonzo craftsmanship and artistry.

    If the movie stumbles, and it does, it’s with the central romance. (Though Garr is perfect, a goddess, one of my favorite people who has ever appeared on a movie screen. I’m so grateful this performance exists.)

    The problem is…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    Didn't go for this in 2017, but I knew within about 12 seconds that I was going to have a different experience this time. The short answer is van Hoytema, whose camera brings you into the world of a film like few others do. He's Nolan's most valuable collaborator. The slightly longer answer is that the movie itself, while still offering elements of war movie heroism, gives an account of war that is arbitrary, bleak and cruel. Which feels right.…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    The first shot of Celine in the bookshop. The car ride when they nearly touch each other. The look on Celine's face as they walk up the stairs. Nina Simone.

    The whole f'ing thing.