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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★½

    I learned nothing from this film except that Terrence Malick has a belly-button fetish - and that was something I didn't want to know.

    I'm one of the sad former Malick fans who despairs of the master's decline. But to do the old man justice, this is not a lazily-made film despite its extremely relaxed vibe. The fragmented narration doesn't feel like a random jumble: it tells its story well, and there is a sense of great purpose in the…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I am a simple man. Chewbacca is in this movie. Therefore, it is a good movie.

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  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★

    Oh god, that bloody horn music. Any time anyone starts talking about American values in this film, a pompous, wistful and yet stolid horn starts playing and then the warm, serious, slightly dark and yet deeply heartfelt orchestral music begins, and as we all contemplate the American values it all surges in a solemn but fundamentally warm and concerned way.

    Every. God. Damned. Time.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★

    It should have been one of the great tragic tales of cinema. The tale of an idealistic young man slowly transforming into the towering epic villain that we remembered from Star Wars. But Lucas didn't know how to write that transformation, and Christensen didn't know how to act it, so the character changes in awkward jump cuts instead of in a slow arc. This is true of Ian McDiarmid too, who is brilliantly convincing as the Chancellor but hammy as…