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  • Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

    ★★½

    Not nearly as confusing as I expected for a viewer with only about four episodes of knowledge to work from but how am I supposed to know how I should feel about these people without being told how they would have voted on Brexit?

  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    ★½

    In a time when we bemoan a film distribution paradigm where major works from important filmmakers get scooped up by streaming platforms and face a situation where most people will see it on a large TV at best and a smart phone at worst, this horror survival sequel, stripped of ingenuity, recognizable stars, and a budget — so, essentially, a film that would have been primed for straight-to-video treatment ten years ago — opens on 2,850 screens.

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★

    The film looks so good you almost forget that it isn't.

  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

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

    Building off of my initial thoughts, part of what makes this work so well is the sense of dread that lingers in your mind whenever it pivots to the Manson family members or Sharon Tate: the expectation/fear that Tarantino’s instinct to embrace cartoonish violence when the film inevitably gets to the attack will be too much to bear. Making Tate such a cosmically likable character means that any chance of seeing her torture presented like that of Beatrix Kiddo or…