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  • Valhalla Rising

    Valhalla Rising

    ★★½

    Genuinely don't like the fact that I didn't like this, as Refn's aesthetic is usually right up my visual alley and, in general, I find it perfectly complementary to his preferred method of storytelling, a synchronization that tends to increase the less often his characters speak (which, among several other reasons, is why I can't stand Only God Forgives and its insipid attempts at dialogue), but not only does it seem like there are two different aesthetics vying for space…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

    Part of 2018 Leftovers

    This is not the worst biopic I've seen, but of all the ones I have, this may be the one that cares the least about its subject. It's as if numerous people who simply have no interest in Queen whatsoever were gathered and paid handsomely to make a movie about Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody can barely even muster the effort to be particularly noteworthy in how bad it is. It reads like a nonfiction book with all…

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  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★

    Part of 2018 Leftovers

    Donald Trump has ruined American political satire. Vice should have been about Dick Cheney within the context of the George W. Bush presidency and presented visual cues of current sociopolitical relevance as actions and decisions made by the historical figures portrayed in the film, but modern satire has replaced the need for intelligence with the ability of filmmakers to demonstrate that their hindsight is, in fact, 20/20. That they were right and we were wrong all…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    For an immaculate composer, an essential artist, and an irreplaceable human being.

    In Memory of Jóhann Jóhannsson.