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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    I don't remember exactly who originally coined the phrase, but America - for a while now - has been looking at the same screen and watching two separate movies. Todd Philips and Co have managed to create the perfect movie for said societal phenomenon, the ultimate insert-your-own-ideology screen manifesto. I can frankly see Joker appealing and speaking to the anxieties of everyone from the dissident Right all the way through to the far-Left.

    Is this film about how society creates…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★½

    Scorsese, at the twilight of his remarkable career, wants to make the end-all be-all American crime epic and close the book on De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, on Casino, Goodfellas, hell even on The Godfather, the immigrant experience, Mob and politics collusion, and most importantly on his own career and his decades-long examination of crime, sin and Catholic guilt.

    Unfortunately, I don't this makes the cut. I'm all in for Marty in the "Real Cinema vs. Comic Book Rollercoasters" debate, but…

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  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "It seems you have discovered your unpleasant nature."

    Who needs The Matrix and the infamous blue/red pill dilemma when this thematically, visually and philosophically superior masterpiece exists out there? Alex Proyas takes the existentialism and feeling of urban entrapment from classic film noir to its logical pre-Millennium endpoint: a science fiction paean to the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

    The soulless Collective, you see, will always seek to keep the Individual docile and in the dark, but once the…

  • Boss Level

    Boss Level

    If "Smokin' Joe" Carnahan wasn't so preoccupied with being a political clown hack on Twitter 24/7 - instead of, y'know, doing his privileged job- , this might have actually had a fair shot at being an enjoyable genre flick. Wasting Mel's time should be tantamount to high treason and punished accordingly at the box office. In a twist of irony, when Boss Level bellyflops on VOD or whatever, Joe should blame Putin bots and #MuhRussia...

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★½

    Almost the vulgar antithesis of John Carpenter's They Live: don't believe what your eyes can clearly observe around you, believe only what we want you to believe. On the text, it's a shallow Iron Man Jr. pseudo-adventure with teeny bopper drama, cheap dollar-store humor and over-lit and weightless digital action. In other words, it's every blockbuster coming out this summer. Everything is a joke in this movie. Character development and maturation? Joke. Couples getting together? Joke. Cities destroyed? Joke. Only…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ½

    "... and introducing David Jude Heyworth Law as The Supreme Patriarchy"

    A cheap-looking and incoherent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (essentially the poor man's version of that episode where Lady Sif shows up) gets intergalactic-ally spliced together with the origin story of a feminist power fantasy (it's all about power, guys and gals!), as well as a thinly-veiled Skrull allegory about... "open borders". Corporate moral relativism at its finest. Brie Larson (with her Valley Girl accent) doesn't even register an…