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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The new cut of The Tree of Life is, as expected, phenomenal. It's less of a traditional extended cut than it a new take on the same film. The new content isn't just added in. Rather the whole film is reedited. It's similar to what Peter Jackson did with the extended editions of LOTR but to a much greater degree.

    I don't know that I'd say the new edition is any better or worse than the old. The two complement…

  • Che: Part Two

    Che: Part Two

    ★★★

    I'm not a huge fan of Steven Soderbergh (though he definitely has his moments) and am really, really not a fan of Che Guevara (or Communists in general). That said, I did my best to go into this experience with an open mind. Four and a half hours of movie later, I came away not feeling much of anything, which is single handedly the movie's biggest failure.

    As I said, I don't like Che Guevara. It boggles my mind that…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.

    I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.

    My hope had…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    This is the type of movie that, unfortunately, almost never gets made these days. It's a brilliant exercise in the slow burn, in cinematography, in acting, and in the creation of a tangible world.

    Robert Eggers has cited The Shining as an inspiration for The Witch. While this film isn't quite as successful, the influence is definitely there in the best possible way. Both films build their tension slowly, infuse every scene with a sense of wrongness, and earn their…