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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is, simply, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Repeat viewings never fail to overwhelm me with some of the strongest gut-level emotional reactions I've ever had to a movie. I can only talk about it in superlatives: it's a near-religious experience. One of the movies that makes me love movies.

    Children of Men is set in a near-future dystopia, two decades after the last human birth. The sci-fi premise of mass infertility has…

  • 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…

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  • Monty Python Live (Mostly)

    Monty Python Live (Mostly)

    ★★

    Like many misfit American kids of my generation, my brain was permanently rewired when I discovered the BBC series Monty Python's Flying Circus on PBS in the 1980s. Monty Python, Doctor Who, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy formed a triumvirate of British pop culture that gave dorky anglophiles like us a pool of clubby shared references.

    But I suppose my interest waned over the years, aside from catching Spamalot on Broadway in 2007, being happy to see Michael…

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★

    These deep-background, anonymous, inside accounts of the Trump administration are really getting out of hand.

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  • 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]

  • Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes

    ★★★

    Bobby Riggs was ahead of his time. If he were alive today, he’d probably be president of the United States.