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  • The Double

    The Double

    ★★★½

    "This Dostoevsky adaptation is so Kafkaesque," he whispered into the uncaring void.

  • Lemonade

    Lemonade

    ★★★★

    Beholden to other visual motifs in a way that doesn't help it transcend its influences cinematically, but some badass music and a strong authorial voice are why this has the reputation it does.


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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is successful in delivering a raucous adventure by letting the actors hold the awe and excitement of the iconic franchise on their faces. It is a clear homage to the original trilogy, but doesn't feel like fan fiction the way lesser reboots often do. Somehow, Abrams' often bravura camerawork and sense of humor makes the movie feel less like fan service and more of a familiar introduction to a new universe with…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    Perfectly balances the mythology of the film and the comic books, while not skimping out on doing the character work that makes this a fulfilling experience for the uninitiated. The three central performances are exceptional.
    I do wish that Logan more explicitly wrestled with the ramifications of violence as it happened. Instead it's just framed as a cautionary tale to X-23... but still a tense and well-made movie.