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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Still kind of reeling from this first viewing. May not be able to fully form an opinion till after the fourth or fifth trip to the theater.

    Everybody's gonna applaud Villeneuve (and he rightfully deserves heaps of praise- every complaint I've had about him in the past is totally rectified here) and Deakins (whose camerawork is typical Deakins- luscious and mesmerizing without ever being distracting or Lubezki-style show-offy), but let's throw Hampton Fancher a bone. This is just as much…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    Suprisingly good, all things considered. THE GOONIES by way of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET with way more laughs than I ever expected and a good smattering of solidly creepy shrieks. Totally Amblin-esque but in a totally natural, non-STRANGER THINGS shove-the-80s-in-your-face kind of way.

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    Nolan goes full-on David Lean in DUNKIRK, with echoes of Clouzot, Tarkovsky, Malick, Murnau, and Bresson all somewhere in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-hundred percent Christopher Nolan through and through. It's an absolutely heart-pounding, almost-sensory experience that's perhaps less sequentially jaw-dropping than INCEPTION or THE DARK KNIGHT, but is very likely Nolan's most fluid and visually-propelled work to date.

    Much, much more on this later.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    To its great credit, Silence may be the most complex and challenging film about faith I've ever seen, both brutally and wonderfully honest about the joys and frustrations of belief.

    It is absolute proof of just how utterly vacant, disingenous, and horribly dishonest this recent trend of schlocky evangelical films-- Miracles From Heaven, War Room, God's Not Dead, etc.-- has really been. This is how you make a film about faith.

    I'll be thinking about this one for a long time to come.