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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★½

    The most average summer blockbuster ever

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed this very much the third time around, first on the small screen. For some reason I saw it as much more Emma-centric this time, and knowing the beats in advance only made me feel fonder.

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  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely do not watch Phoenix if you are looking for a Holocaust movie with a plausible premise or Tarantino-esque ending.

    Absolutely watch Phoenix if you are ready to be totally absorbed by a beautiful, surreal meditation on love, betrayal, and the aftermath of war.

    And once you have seen it you may want to watch the ending over and over again here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkAHi2wNSsc

  • M

    M

    ★★★★★

    Wow, this was a fun watch! Lang's silent-filmmaking skills come through in his brilliant use of the camera to drive the plot.
    Even though I don't know more than a couple words of German, I think I could have followed the plot with subtitles turned off, as long as there were subs for the wanted poster and letter to the police.

    Philosophically, M raises some challenging ideas about hysteria, justice, culpability, but refuses to provide any easy answers leaving a lot to think about.