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  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★

    Shockingly good. Douglas' sure hand keeps this almost moment-to-moment remake constantly fresh by sheer dint of sturdy color-and-scope craft, aided and abetted by this murderer's row cast. Frankly I think Alex Cord out-Dukes the Duke as the Ringo Kid here. The script fleshes out some of the relationships between the characters -- perhaps unnecessarily, but never unproductively. And the surprisingly violent action sequences are just as good as the original, if not better and occasionally even more dynamic simply because of what was technically feasible a quarter century later.

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★½

    I mean, is STAGECOACH. Honestly I'm more of a Hawks man and this isn't even close to my favorite Ford (WAGON MASTER, if you're interested) but it's a glorious upping-the-ante in the archetype department, one that held on through spiritual and formal innovators like Mann and Peckinpah, and oh man those stunts and well it just rips. Thomas Mitchell in this might be my spirit animal.

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    Great job turning this deeply idiosyncratic, sprawling story about collective trauma and history into Serious Beetlejuice.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…