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  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8

    I can't say I was a fan of the Ocean's series to begin with and this film has certainly not changed my opinion of it.

    This film plods along and even the heist itself is boring in all its silliness. 3D printers for fucks sake! It lacks any real momentum and just feels like an opportunity to put the Met Gala on film — and it doesn't even do that well.

    Of course it has a stellar cast of women…

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    ★★★★

    It's 2018 and thank goodness times have changed (for the most part), Charlton Heston is a White American playing a Mexican. At least it's not an overt stereotype.

    That opening tracking shot. Even all these years later directors are still trying to capture that iconic long take.

    Orson Welles' film noir is thoroughly enthralling even if the plot is obvious.

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★½

    The chase, following up leads, all that reporterly stuff. Spotlight condenses tedious paperwork into a thrilling conspiracy to uncover the truth. And what a big case it is.

    As put early in the piece, "You want to sue the Church?"

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    How long is this movie, I asked myself at several points during. Not because I was bored, far from it. But from the inescaping snail’s pace like the original. Shots linger on Gosling as he does his best robotic acting, a figure staunchly silent against the bright lights and fog of this 2049, an alternate vision of the future that started with Ridley’s Blade Runner, set in 2019. Sure there’s the occasional action moment or gory death, but make no…