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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

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

    From its very first moments, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood casts a spell over the viewer, transporting us to a time and place that feels so authentic and lived in. There are few greater thrills I get from watching a movie than the feeling of being in the hands of a master filmmaker who I know has labored over every shot with agonizing precision: every billboard, every cinema marquee, every song choice and every spoken word that blasts through…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    Who knew John Krasinski had this in him? In A Quiet Place (which he wrote, directed and stars in) he creates a world that has been invaded by blind indestructible aliens with super hearing so that making the slightest noise could lead to immediate doom. It is a world so vividly created that I jumped back in my seat every time a person in the theater coughed or chewed on a piece of popcorn. Upon my second viewing, I begun…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ½

    There’s a good movie somewhere in here, especially for those who enjoyed Unbreakable and Split, but there’s too much messiness to allow the good stuff to rise to the top.

  • The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    ½

    This documentary is ostensibly an examination of how the presence of the documentarian changes the story and impacts the documentarian too but a revelation midway through transforms it into a self-absorbed slog. Note to documentarians: if you realize halfway through the making of your documentary that there is no story or interesting angle to pursue, you don’t have to keep going.

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  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★½

    In a suburb of Dakar, Sengal, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over the town while a young girl named Ada, who is betrothed to another man, falls in love with Souleimane, one of the construction workers toiling on the tower. When Souleimane and his co-workers disappear at sea, they come back to haunt their old neighborhood, demanding restitution and threatening revenge. Featuring impressive visuals that breathe life into the surrounding ocean, which first represents an escape route, then a death trap. The movie takes a surprising supernatural turn in the second act, that at first hooked me in but ultimately left me confused.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Alfonso Cuaron is a master filmmaker, an expert of creating a visual aesthetic and the use of the long take (most recently in Gravity and Children of Men) and Roma just might be his masterpiece. Telling the biographical story of his childhood housekeeper in Mexico City of the early 1970s, Roma washes over its audience. Shot in an unusually sharp black and white, the film gives the viewer a sense of watching a memory, offering a hypnotic, dreamlike view of…