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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★½

    Very pretty and pleasant to watch. Photography is top notch and hype is deserved. Plot and characters are thin but that’s intentional, the film never overextends itself. Standout here is the actors who do an incredible job; the film is carried by 4 long, uncut scenes where each of the characters discover more about the strange goings on, and the story is told on their face. It’s riveting. This joins Brick, Monsters, Europa Report, The Endless as excellent indie genre fare without Hollywood compromises. Love it.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★

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

    Okay. A very clever and satisfying story—the innocent one is the murderer—in the abstract but boy was it WRITTEN. This seemed like a longer film that was cut down. It’s missing a whole second act where the nurse and Chris Evans are partners in crime and really bond and hey maybe even oh idk...FALL IN LOVE??!!?!!? before the big reveal. It’s also hard to know what to do with Craig’s character. Is he the buffoon? The mentor? The Hound hunting her down? All the pieces are there but the game as played is less than satisfying.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★

    This movie is much dumber than advertised. 
    This review from Kevin D. Williamson sums up the film’s plot-breaking logical flaws. Despite some good character work from Ben Foster, the script’s dramatic beats are hammy. Its Oscar nomination was an unexplained phenomenon.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    The gold standard for Hollywood spy action. Nothing else really holds up, especially not in its own franchise. Action in spy movies should garnish twisty plots and concealed motivations, not the other way around. The really exciting thing is always what characters know and when they know it. Also, this movie isn’t praised enough for killing half its cast in the first 30 minutes.