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  • Memoria

    ★★★★

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    ★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

  • Iron Man 2

    ★★★

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    The newest feature from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a real knockout, a film as exquisite as it is mysterious and one that gets you drunk on cinema again. Memoria is also a major departure for Weerasethakul as it is also his first film made outside of Thailand and not in the Thai language, with an international cast. And Weerasethakul scores in having one of the finest leads working today---Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who I swear is out collecting art…

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    Perhaps its time to put these Wizarding World movies to bed. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third in a Harry Potter spinoff series from author J.K. Rowling thats set in the 1930s, long before the boy wizard was born. The first movie, 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, was a pretty solid fantasy adventure, while 2018's Crimes of Grindelwald was just ok, hobbled by a top heavy script and character overload. The Secrets of Dumbledore…

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  • Sambizanga

    Sambizanga

    ★★★★

    A masterpiece. You've seldom seen a film bursting with such beautiful, arresting visuals as Sarah Maldoror's 1972 triumph Sambizanga. The French-born Maldoror (who died last year from COVID) studied film in Moscow with Ousmane Sembene and worked as an assitant on Gillo Pontecorvo's landmark The Battle of Algiers, and is undoubtedly one of the great voices in cinema history even if she didnt make a lot of feature narrative films.

    Shot in the Congo, which stands in for Angola, Sambizanga…

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    The 2018 version of Robin Hood is definitely in the running as one of the worst movies of the year. Talk about a movie that falls flat. Whats worse is how its drink on its own false sense of cool. This one is the umpteenth version of the outlaw story that includes the awful Kevin Costner vehicle Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the middling 2010 Robin Hood from Ridley Scott. This new Robin is played by the smokin hot…