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  • Pusher

    ★★★★

  • Bāhubali: The Beginning

    ★★★★

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★★

  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

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  • Pusher

    Pusher

    ★★★★

    Dark and gritty, a no-nonsense crime thriller stripped clean of whatever neon drenched stylized flair you'd expect from NWR's modern reputation but still just as violent. Wild to watch this protagonist burn every single bridge in his life and not stop to consider the consequences until the very last moment. Kim Bodnia gives an excellent deadpan performance and Mads is almost hilariously despicable, the man has some range.

  • Bāhubali: The Beginning

    Bāhubali: The Beginning

    ★★★★

    This was a bit hard to follow at certain points but the imaginative action is incredibly fun; I can only assume Rajamouli is taking inspiration from one of his favorite films, the notoriously historically inaccurate Braveheart (which appeared on his Top 10 list in the recent Sight & Sound poll) when he ends this epic with a balls-to-the-wall battle that features enormous catapult fire blankets and a chariot with helicopter swords. And from the earworm sitar solo and sliding toms of the seductive basket-siren anthem "Manohari" to the triumphant chants and chugging guitars of "Dhivara", every song is a banger. What a blast.

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  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★½

    The effects are unparalleled, the score is beautiful, the action is downright bombastic and the story, while simple, is undeniably moving — and yet what truly sets this film apart is that, in a world inundated by cookie cutter blockbusters that rarely pause to even let their characters breath, let alone the audience, James Cameron pumps the brakes full stop and says "Hey! Look at this whale."

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Equally noir and melodrama, wistfully romantic about a golden age of American cinema while furiously damning the Hollywood machine. Sunset Boulevard is everything all at once, and it is perfect.