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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★½

    It's handsomely crafted and while Hanks is extremely mannered its an effective performance. On the surface it's an affecting entertainment.

    The obnoxiously lazy politics are no longer ignorable for me, though. At a soul level it's basically "OK BOOMER: THE MOVIE"

    And that's all I've got to say about that.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★½

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

    Jody: OK, gang, legendary bounty hunter John Ruth has in his custody my sister, a known member of our very famous gang of outlaws, named after me, Jody Domingre.

    Gang: Check.

    Jody: Her last name is Domigrue.

    Gang: Really?

    Jody: Ruth thinks that's her name. Maybe he made a mistake?

    Gang: Even though she's a member of a famous gang of outlaws that's named after her legendary outlaw of a brother, and he's a bounty hunter with a seeming encyclopedic…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★½

    There's an extraordinary moment near the end of THE MASTER in which Phillip Seymour Hoffman repeats the word, "two." I won't give the context since it comprises a minor spoiler (and I'm pretending these are being read by people), but it was the moment for me that I decided that Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd, cult founder, leader, author, and all around flim-flam man, really believes the new age time-travel past-lives moonshine he's peddling — which, come to think of it, might…

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    ★★★½

    Caveat since I really didn't give this my full attention for the first half; it's on my 'ought to revisit' list. Impressions: rather admirably keeps its perspective entirely within the turbulent emotive state of childhood, resulting in something deeply felt and authentic but also frequently enervating and disorienting (I was going to say 'illogical' but what the film is capturing feels more like a state of pre-logic), which I realize may be the point. Giving the wild things different aspects…