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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    I could always see what critics that said Nolan was too cold and inhuman in his movies meant, but had never really agreed...until Tenet. There's no human characters in the movie, only ciphers set up to interact with the set pieces he dreamed up. A mostly interesting intellectual puzzle, but with no discernible human emotions present it feels like mostly a waste of time. Still being a Nolan film, it's exceptionally well made and all of that, but it unfortunately comes down to not being able to care about most of it by the end.

  • The Cowboys

    The Cowboys

    ★★★½

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

    Another recent John Wayne western that I was pleasantly surprised by. It could have easily gone the other way though with that premise, the kids could have been insufferable, but they all fine, at least. Has a bit of a surprising ending, surprising for being a John Wayne movie, anyway. As much as the X-Men based movie Logan references Shane, the ending of The Cowboys really reminded me of the ending to Logan. I wonder if James Mangold at all…

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…