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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Finally the Iron Giant gets to be a gun.

    Only a director as masterful as Spielberg could make a story this odious actually work... most of the time. The film has big issues and confused messaging, but if you can make it past the first 45 minutes of endless FAMILY GUY-level references you'll find something interesting.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★½

    Lesser Anderson with a weak script but amazing aesthetic. Modestly racist.

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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…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

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

    For STAR WARS to live, STAR WARS must die. Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is a thrilling, layered and goddamned fun meditation on the tension between our need for legends and myths and the ways those legends and myth constrain and reduce us. STAR WARS is the film series that popularized the monomyth in the modern era, and Johnson walks right up to old Joe Campbell, kicks him in the nuts… and then gives him a hearty bear…