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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★½

    You can fight city hall.

  • Sense8: The Series Finale

    Sense8: The Series Finale

    ★★★

    Sense8 is totally unafraid to be itself: a giant cheesy pizza fisticuffs Depeche Mode shoot-em-up rave orgy wedding.

    I wish that a show so proud of its representations of gender, sexuality, race, polyamory, well, almost everything… would exhibit some self-awareness of its consequence-free gunlust (see also The Matrix). But I suppose another way to think about it is: we already have countless movies with white male Rambos and James Bonds blowing away baddies with guns, so perhaps it is empowering to depict every other kind of person getting a chance to do so.

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  • 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.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Foolproof and incapable of error. A masterpiece.

    But a few words about the 2018 50th anniversary theatrical re-release:

    If the goal of Christopher Nolan's "unrestored" 70mm version is to recreate the authentic analog celluloid experience, warts and all, then I suppose it would have to be judged a success. The particular print I saw (at New York City's Village East Cinema) was rife with dust and scratches throughout, with a distracting jitter during most of the Dawn of Man sequence,…