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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • Mad God

    ★★★★

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★

    Some real technical wizardry going on here. Not to sidestep its delicate whimsy or any of its gentle musings on loneliness and the ways that we construct our own little worlds of ritual and routine in order to survive it, but it’s really quite something that - as a fake documentary - this feels as improvised and spontaneous as it does, despite being anything but. Creating a feeling of spontaneity within any faux-documentary is difficult enough (loads of those found-footage…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★

    On just the first viewing alone, I’m left coming down somewhere in the middle here, although I could easily see my opinion on this shifting in either direction as it continues to sit with me. Arguments and complaints about historical accuracy be damned as that’s clearly not the prerogative here. This is a splashy, trashy, shouty, slimy, Kenneth Anger-style tabloid view of the industry brought screaming to the screen, and at its best, Chazelle / Sandgren / Cross and co.…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    Wildly ambitious and admirable, but ultimately frustrating and exhausting. This is very much the director of THE DARK KNIGHT and INTERSTELLAR doing his own version of PRIMER. Take that however you'd like.

    Like INCEPTION, it's a film of mechanics and logistics, and like MEMENTO, there's a vague structural resemblance to an ouroboros, but it lacks the energy and mystery of either of them -- especially the way that INCEPTION piecemeals out the various machinations of dreamsharing without losing the forward…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    Wes, you can't just sneak in a hand-drawn animated short into the middle of this movie's climax without expecting me to begin campaigning for you to direct a full-on hand-drawn feature -- c'mon now, the world needs it.

    Pretty sure my face broke from smiling during this. May not be Anderson at his most emotionally resonant but it's him at the very height of his visual powers. The sheer imagination and inventiveness on display is exhilarating - ever since FANTASTIC…