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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    War is hell. Not just the aftermath of war, nor the decisions about war. But WAR.

    Equal parts The Longest Day and Titanic. Mostly the good parts of both.

    Nolan's most efficient picture, in terms of runtime, character and scene-setting. So much so that when a little bit of his trademark narrative choppiness does enter into the fray, it distracts from what is otherwise a relentlessly pacy fight for survival. It might also be the first war film aimed primarily…

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★½

    No idea what Gyllenhaal is doing here (in any sense of the phrase), but Ahn deserves to be a star. She's phenomenal; Okja is a living, breathing creature thanks to her.

    After Snowpiercer (You'll never get me on that bandwagon), a fine return to form for master Bong.

    So visually and thematically assured that it becomes surprisingly easy to forgive its tonal indecisiveness. Kudos to Brad Pitt and Netflix for daring to bring this to life.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar