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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    "It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarrelled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now."
    (Barry Lyndon, 1975)

    For those who wanted (or feared) a Martin Scorsese greatest hits, The Irishman is nothing of the sort. It is funereal, sometimes morbid. In fact, in terms of directing and editing, it is his most classical in a long, long time. His excesses are more a matter of…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★

    Just as Danny Torrance is haunted by the ghosts of his past, so director Mike Flanagan is by Stanley Kubrick's Shining. Flanagan is - for better AND worse - a solid craftsman, with a good grasp of storytelling and building tension (although the film is often more bleak and cruel than scary). Kubrick can be divisive among more hardcore auterists, and maybe The Shining more than most, but that was a picture with memorable images and sounds, and at least…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★★

    Arguably Shyamalan's most baffling film (and there is some heavy competition!), and his most political. Among other perplexing choices, if in Split the proximity between Shyamalan's point of view and his protagonist was already troublesome, here the director assumes he is fully Mr. Glass. The character turns into an antihero, champion of fantasy and imagination (both concepts, not just one), against Sarah Paulson's doctor, a better and more mature version of the infamous film critic in Lady in the Water.…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★★

    Chad Stahelski solved the main problem of the first film peaking too soon: now the fight sequences are spread more evenly, and they are all equally engaging. I enjoyed not only the excellence of the action, but also little details: even scenes that are usually routine in the genre ("hero buying guns") get an amusing flavor. Stahelski's use of backgrounds to comment the action is also inspired: the last 20-30 minutes makes it visually clear Wick's journey to Hell, and…