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  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables

    ★★★★½

    What you have here, in The Untouchables, is your basic retelling of an American myth, of the story of how Elliot Ness and his Untouchables stood up, not for Prohibition, but against the civic corruption personified by Al Capone. In that light, it’s a story worth telling and retelling. We get it here in broad but deftly painted strokes and pitch perfect shorthand containing some of the best dialogue ever written for the screen in a couple of the best…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★½

    It’s hard to argue with Spielberg when he gets in the mood to make one of these. They’re always widely though carefully observed and just plain littered with period perfect details, profiles and faces then adeptly performed slash executed besides. Everyone and frankly everything in frame just looks more like it should than you expect it to going in. Yes, it’s tempting to wave off his kind of less than subtle message delivery but honestly we could all do worse than spending a couple of hours with the kind of decent role-model he and Hanks and the Coen Brothers are studying herein.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    I … I honestly don’t know if I have the words for this one. Running back this film’s vintage clock precision and forthright storybook loveliness in my mind, I can’t help but imagine, that at some point, someone, a mentor, a professor, gave a long lecture on the virtues of magical realism that Guillermo del Toro interrupted with a question like “But why would anyone want to muss something as beautiful as magic with something as ugly as realism?” To…

  • Rampage

    Rampage

    ★★★

    So what you have here is essentially a Shōwa period kaiju outing with just like way more Americans. I mean, you’ve got space science gone wrong, an inventor whose been punished for the crime of having invented something useful, a handy middle management government official, misguided to flat evil representatives of the military industrial complex, nefarious capitalist exploiters, heavy-handed anti-poaching/pro-conservation messaging and of course a trio of decidedly irate giant monsters. By which I mean to say that there’s very…