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Favorite films

  • Killer of Sheep
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Bamboozled

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

    ★★★★

  • Leave the World Behind

    ★★★

  • Leo

    ★★★½

  • Elemental

    ★★

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  • Leave the World Behind

    Leave the World Behind

    ★★★

    “Leave the World Behind,” writer/director and “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail’s suspenseful, psychological thriller, understands the general mechanics of the post-apocalyptic genre. There is the pretentious family caught in world-altering circumstances. “I f*cking hate people,” says Amanda Sandford (Julia Roberts), as she stares jadedly from the window of her luxe Brooklyn apartment. And so Amanda and her amiable husband Clay (Ethan Hawke) take their children Rose (Farrah Mackenzie) and Archie (Charlie Evans) to a lavish Long Island mansion for the…

  • Leo

    Leo

    ★★★½

    This is probably not a kid’s movie. It’s actually an unhinged character study about the crippling anxiety of dying. Which is good.

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  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★

    “Oppenheimer” stunned me. You could accuse it of being another tired great man or tortured genius narrative, but I think you’d be wrong. For one, Christopher Nolan wonders aloud if Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) even was a genius or merely a good organizer (it’s telling that we see Oppenheimer make very few discoveries, everyone is usually scientifically and mathematically ahead of him, yet he is continually capable of leveraging the appearance of his genius for the desired outcome). I’m also not…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★½

    “Babylon” is already a misunderstood gem, in my opinion. Weirdly called a mess, even though its plotting and character arcs are tightly interwoven and classically structured (you could almost accuse it of being a tad too simple rather than chaotic). 

    It’s a fascinating critique of the ways the white capitalistic greed of Hollywood forced (and still forces) assimilation onto the dreams of the marginalized and then forces them to turn on each other. It spotlights who cannot live without the…