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matt has written 228 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    ★★★★½

    "Politically speaking, it doesn't matter."
    "It matters to me."

    Not remotely less powerful or insightful in the face of everything that followed its path. Sayles made more galvanic work before and since but this remains his purest mission statement.

  • Zero Effect

    Zero Effect

    ★★★★½

    Daniel Plainview as Sherlock Holmes.
    Bill Pullman's greatest performance.
    "Malgorium."

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★½

    "I forgot how big."

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★½

    Never sacrifices thrills or atmosphere or style, never skips one opportunity for digression, never misses any chance to shock, doesn't sell short a single member of its incredibly stacked cast of future stars, not to mention Walken's absolutely towering performance, and still has time for a stinging critique of white capital's exploitation of black labor. It's weird that I don't watch this like four times a year.

  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★★★½

    "You ever wonder what it would be like to do the thing you were put on this Earth to do?"

    Exploding plastic inevitable. The greatest, tackiest, most reprehensible lizard-brain dipshit maximalist action epic in I can't even tell you forever how long. I could barely tell you what happens in it. Bay has surpassed himself. Pretty much what movies are for.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    A different time.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Almost famous

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★½

    The symbol of her fidelity.

  • Fighting in the Age of Loneliness

    Fighting in the Age of Loneliness

    ★★★★½

    I watched this months ago but it's imperative that everyone knows that Bois is the most fascinating working documentarian. Literally nobody else is doing what he's doing in the way that he's doing it, much less with his simultaneous awe for both melancholy and triumph. He's the YouTube Ken Burns, one day they're gonna start ripping him off and it's going to change the form completely.

  • Act of Vengeance

    Act of Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    It takes a lot to shock me.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    "I've brought sincerity into his life."

    What to eat and what to avoid.

  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★★½

    "You're hurting me."