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  • A Simple Plan

    A Simple Plan

    ★★★★½

    "Do you ever feel evil?"

    This movie cuts right into the nerve where that vulnerability of poverty sits, the uncertainty baked into life itself, and how badly it hurts, and how badly it can make people hurt each other. God it's good.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Ready Player One is a giant maybe-ironic self-immolation, much like Jurassic World but maybe a bit more brutal in its effort to kill itself.

    It's fun in that theme park way Spielberg can be when he's on autopilot, but it also reads as a damning cudgel against pop nostalgia corporate culture itself. I feel like it exemplefies the latest batch of post- post-modern blockbuster which seems to wear its resistance to its existence on its sleeve. It's a demonic scream for help from the center of the abyss, and it's legitimately entertaining.

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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch's grand masterpiece. If this counts, it's the greatest film of 2017 by a long shot.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    I knew it'd be intelligent, and I knew it'd be subtly beautiful, but I had no idea that it would kick me with a perfect mixture of heady thoughtfulness and hearty emotion. It's the kind of experience that elevates a film from good to great, when the emotions feel earned and hit accordingly hard, in perfect concert with the ideas being conveyed.

    Arrival is a science fiction movie that feels more like a vivisection of humanity. The story concerns itself…