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  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★

    "If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack."

    Fifth viewing on the big screen alone, added to a couple more on home video, and this hasn't lost a single bit of its power. If anything, when stacked up next to KNIGHT OF CUPS, it's some kind of alien wonder now. As much as I adore BADLANDS, there's just nothing that ever came before this -- by Malick or anyone -- that was anything like this…

  • Fyre

    Fyre

    ★★★½

    Like most people (I think), I hadn't heard of the Fyre Festival until the cheese sandwich picture, then of course I spent most of that weekend with an amused grin on my face watching (from the comfort of my dry, spacious apartment in Los Angeles) untold horrors befall the hordes of gullible social media influencers huddled in hurricane relief tents and/or trapped on airport floors for hours.

    The joy and value of Smith's documentary is in re-directing your schadenfreude into…

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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★

    [Originally posted on my blog]:

    Magic can be subdivided into different kinds. Guys like David Copperfield and Criss Angel and shit, they’re illusionists. People who can read minds are mentalists. A guy who saws a woman in half is doing “big box” magic (Penn & Teller do a lot of creative stuff with big box magic), and then you’ve got the guys like Shin Lim, who come up to just a few inches away from your face, take out a deck…

  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★★★½

    So precious and twee that you wouldn't mistake it for anything other than a Mike Mills film, even if his name weren't on it. But to me that's a feature, not a bug. BEGINNERS and 20TH CENTURY WOMEN both blew me away, and here he brings the same delicate touch to a 26-minute music video of sorts. Vikander is tremendous both physically and emotionally, and Mills's sense of timing and composition works magic yet again. It's hard to imagine a…

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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★★

    It's all about the scene in the third act when Ethan and Jim reunite and have a drink together. Jim is trying to convince Ethan that Kittridge is the mole, not knowing Ethan already figured out it was Jim because of the Drake Hotel bible. So Ethan, having the upper hand, narrates a flashback where he pretends to realize how Kittridge did it, all for Jim's benefit -- meanwhile, DePalma's visuals tell a different story: the way Ethan is seeing…

  • Happy Anniversary

    Happy Anniversary

    ★★

    Me: The rom-com is dead.
    Netflix: Try this Ben Schwartz movie from the LEGO BATMAN writer!
    Me: The rom-com is still dead.