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  • Oleanna

    Oleanna

    ★★★★

    It was released in the year of Forrest Gump, yet it could be in theaters today and nobody would notice it's almost a quarter of a century old, thanks to hot-button topics as in vogue as gender politics, political correctness, and sexual misconduct allegations. In essence, however, the underlying theme is timeless: human communication, or lack thereof.
    Although it might take a while to acclimate to the rather exasperating cadence of Mamet's dialogue, the minimalistic theatricality of the movie only makes it all the more unnerving.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Sure, it's tons of fun-and-nothing-more just like it was meant to be, and The Shining sequence is a highlight, but for the first time ever watching a Spielberg blockbuster, a disappointing thought crossed my mind: this CGI extravaganza could've been cobbled up by any other competent Hollywood journeyman. In other words, despite all the nostalgic pop culture references and self-references, it's an anonymous piece of work.

    (The amount of exposition in the screenplay would make the most ardent Nolan hater blush.)

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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 masked as silly entertainment.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Majestic, dead-serious epic about innate decency and innate treachery in intelligent species. Character interaction betrays not a hint of foolishness - they all survived devastating tragedies and still manage to go on, even if unable to be completely happy or carefree again. A summer blockbuster tinged with melancholy.