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  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    ★★★

    At first, I wondered if the radical cognitive behavioral therapy the 1980s bigot receives in The Twilight Zone Movie would have any effect on today's Trumpists. But then I realized that the movie does not position his experience as a treatment or deprogramming. He does not reflect or reform; it is purely a punishment.

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★

    Joins the likes of Blindness, Perfect Sense, and Bird Box in a horror subgenre one might call the Magical Realist Pandemic Movie. The fictional afflicted develop what once seemed to be fantastical symptoms, but we now know firsthand are all too real: such as loss of sense, and madness.

    To this movie's credit, it does not attempt a global, societal view of the repercussions of its virus. Another way that it accidentally hews close to our contemporary existence is that it sticks pretty closely to a small bubble of acquaintances, as they surrender to impending death.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    If any excuse were necessary to rewatch Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a new print projected in a proper theater would certainly be it.

    To mark the film's 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. commissioned filmmaker and Kubrick aficionado Christopher Nolan to create a set of new 70mm prints. Nolan's team located an intact 70mm preservation print, and strove to reproduce its inherent color and picture quality without digital effects. In theory, this new version of the film would be closer…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    VOICE:
    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to say something about Mission: Impossible Fallout that hasn't already been said on Letterboxd.

    ME:
    Uh, it was good? I liked it.

    VOICE:
    Disavowed. [puff of smoke]