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  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    ★★★★½

    What if the straight-to-AppleTV Tom Hanks on a boat WWII movie is the best American film of 2020?

    90 minutes of war procedural: an extremely simple premise (a convoy is being attacked by a group of u-boats and they have 50 hours until they're safely within British air cover), with an elegantly simple execution (we stay almost exclusively with Hanks on the bridge of his ship, with occasional cutaways only to his XO and a sonar tech in other rooms).…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★

    You know it's a movie because it's in 'scope.

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★

    I don't know what to make of a world that rejects this and adores every Marvel movie. Things don't make sense to me.

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    ★½

    Undecided as to which is more offensive:

    1. The implication that Hawking's work can only be understood, or even be relevant to us, an audience of normal dumb people, in how it validates or invalidates our concept of God.

    2. The depiction of infidelity in which Jane's is fraught and melodramatic, to the point that mere knocking on another man's tent causes her husband to collapse into coma and never speak again (someone should do the math on this causality…