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  • Gods of Egypt

    Gods of Egypt

    ★★

    All of the weird bits are gloriously so (Ra steering a boat over a flat Earth through a sea of stars, whilst dragging a chained Sun behind him has to be my favorite), but all of Proyas' imagination is defeated by his ineptitude (or is it disinterest?) in basic film grammar. As a result, when we're not treated to warrior women riding giant sandsnakes, we get scene after awkwardly edited scene of the camera moving around for absolutely no reason at all. Alleged cult status - denied.

  • The Palm Beach Story

    The Palm Beach Story

    ★★★½

    This is a fun and surprising little movie, but maybe, just maybe, Joel McRea's character is flat broke because he keeps coming up with obviously, monumentally stupid ideas like a goddamn airport over a city.

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    During 2012, there was more than one instance of a renowned film critic declaring the death of cinema. But I think it’s safe to say that while Quentin Tarantino is making films as great as Django Unchained, we can dispose of any such notion. There’s a lot to say about Tarantino’s epic dissection of slavery, but simply put, Django Unchained is cinema through and through.

    To not put it simply, with this film, Tarantino cements his position as modern cinema’s…

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle

    ★★★★

    I like CHRONICLE, I really do. But I bet had it not been done in the found footage format, I would have loved it. It's an original superhero story mashed with CARRIE and with just the right amount of Amblin spirit mixed in. And the gimmicky aesthetic just damn near ruins it. I'll give director Josh Trank some credit for cleverly going around the limitations of the format, especially in the end, but all that effort just begs the question…