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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★★

    I love that the real ending doesn’t feel the need to repeat or out-do the false ending. Also the whole dang thing is fun and stylish. More or this please. Less Aladdin and such.

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    Would make a fascinating double-bill with Uncut Gems. And both would work well with all those American Dream movies that came out in 2013.

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★★

    Such a weird movie and absolutely perfect. Nothing is generic. You remember it.

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

    It’s a bummer that they’ve yet to find a successful follow-up for Kumail. Hopefully the streak will break with Eternals. Or maybe all these films are missing The Emily Factor?

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    ★★★½

    It’s sort of odd juxtaposing a romance with a tale of occupation and nazis. Especially with the fact that our POV character is fiction interacting with grave reality. But I’m able to get past these things and enjoy a well-made film with endearing characters that made me aware of some history I had no idea about.

  • Babe

    Babe

    ★★★★

    Still adorable but the puppet parts are staring to become a bit more obvious. Will still take this over digital any day of the week though.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Three years on and it’s even weirder that this film exists. This expensive, this not for all ages, and this slow. I really admire it. Yes it’s a franchise picture but not one that anyone was clamoring for and executed in such a deliberate style. I get why this was the one that finally got Deakins an Oscar. They let him do whatever the fuck he wanted, on the largest possible canvas, and each shot is held for forever.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    The gradual addition of instruments is a fun way to teach a child about music. And then it becomes a dance party. An all out win.

  • The Truth About Charlie

    The Truth About Charlie

    ★★

    While this film is far from good, I appreciate what it is trying. Soderbergh was much more successful two years later with Ocean’s Twelve.

    This film would’ve also been vastly improved by replacing Mark Wahlberg with Matthew Modine from Married to the Mob.

    In fact, Married to the Mob is altogether a better version of this film.

    Still weird enough to be a little fun.

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★½

    Not awful. Lost steam in the middle. Did someone cut the budget? All of a sudden instead of action scenes in exotic locales it’s long dialogue scenes about nature v nurture and stuff and it ends in a hardware store. Would make an ideal conclusion to a triple-bill with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jungle Book. Analogue v CG

  • Rules Don't Apply

    Rules Don't Apply

    ★★★

    What an odd little movie. Sort of all over the place but not un-enjoyable. The cast goes a long way. I’d be interested to hear what Beatty thinks this is all about.

  • Judy

    Judy

    ★★½

    This movie feels like it cost about five bucks to produce and Zellweger’s performance never quite dominates it the way you’d expect. But I did enjoy the performance scenes. As flawless as actual Judy’s singing was on albums like the Carnegie one, I never really got any emotion out of it on records. Seeing a face makes a big difference.