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  • Men

    ★★

  • Flamenco Flamenco

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

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

    Human evolution, our mutating bodies growing new internal organs in order to adapt to the industrial environment, a waste world of plastic. Cronenberg's R-rated, wholly self-fashioned spin on... X-Men?

    Some plot details prove elusive; a reveal comes off as too reminiscent of Eastern Promises; the epiphany at the ending gets undercut by its abruptness. Minor imperfections all, not unlike a lump on an attractive person's side. When it comes to sheer conceptual audacity, coupled with the (paradoxically) subdued presentation of…

  • Hannibal

    Hannibal

    ★★★★

    Rewatch. A cheap, tasteless-as-to-border-on-self-parody airport novel transmutes into a thing of lugubrious beauty in the versatile hands of Ridley Scott.

    More expansive and stylized than Jonathan Demme's magnum opus, Hannibal trades laser-focused psychological suspense for plot-heavy action infused with a generous helping of gruesome imagery (how certain setpieces got past the MPAA is anyone's guess), European elegance (about a third of it takes place in Florence, Italy) and, perhaps most disconcertingly, a touch of La Belle et la Bête-inspired romance…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★

    Tongue-in-cheek, it disembowels the conventions of the Evil Dead-type of horror stories and, surprisingly, makes for a frightening self-reflexive indictment of the audiences' thirst for human blood onscreen - all the while selling itself as silly entertainment.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

    "I know you said the story was over for you, but that's the thing about stories... they never really end do they? We're still telling the same stories we've always told, just with different names... faces... and... I have to say I'm kind of excited. After all these years, to be going back to where it all started. Back to The Matrix! I've spoken to marketing." Smith


    The Matrix (1999) was an allegory about choosing to wake up from our…