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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

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

    Spoilers for BLADE RUNNER 2049 follow.

    The original BLADE RUNNER always left me cold. Except for the Roy Batty speech at the end, Ridley Scott’s influential flop has the temperature and the sheen of an intricately wrought steel blade; I can appreciate the craftsmanship and the edge, but I can’t hold it close. I never connected with the film on an emotional level, and I definitely never connected with Rick Deckard, a character whose cool remove removed him from my…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★½

    Perhaps the most auterist blockbuster ever made, every frame pulses with Matthew Vaughn's unique sensibility and transcendently bad taste. Even the terrible parts - and there are quite a few in this overlong movie - are terrible with personal specificity.

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Movies are alchemy. I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times before I’m gone, but it’s the truth of the cinema: a magical, hard to harness process can turn a strip of film into something far more precious and meaningful.

    Watch WONDER WOMAN with distant, unengaged eyes and you might see the seams, the places where reshoots came in or where the story is papered over in order to keep moving along to the next…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    The original ALIEN, almost 40 years old now, was revolutionary for its blue collar aesthetic. It was the story of space truckers, working men and women, and it was in a genre that until then had only envisioned space as a place for the military and scientists. In ALIEN the future had jobs for real working people… who would be killed off one by one in proto-slasher style.

    In the original ALIEN the real bad guy was the company, sending…