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  • Western

    Western

    ★★★★½

    A tough loner goes on a mission. He longs for a simple life, but his National allegiance keeps him from attaining it. A major achievement.

    I have never seen a movie with this kind of rhythms. Choppy and unhurried at the same time. Like an energetic man stranded in a languid milieu.

    I'm going to be thinking about this one for a while.

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★½

    Ledger's performance, somewhat improbably, has aged really well. Ten years later it's still impressive how he "licks his lips through the whole performance and doesn't seem like a ham", as the great Nick Davis put it.

    The rest of the movie... The thematic elements have aged quite poorly. Nolan's energetic style and frenetic pacing certainly help to drive our focus away from thinking too much about what the movie is actually about.

    Some things -like the flipping truck- still amaze, but the movie is just too damn long to quite sustain itself.

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    This is the first time I've cried during a sex scene... I mean... the way... and... the use of glass surfaces... and Cate Blanchett... and... and the last scene... yeah...

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ½

    I haven't hated a movie quite this much in a long time. This is unbearably dour, grim, self-serious. This is supposed to be a summer movie? It's like watching Schindler's List starring a bunch of apes. Don't mistake joylessness for relevance. Don't mistake seriousness for having something to say. This is the opposite of good cinema. Repugnant.

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