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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One great idea - the super badass contractor is a bedraggled momma’s boy living at home - but Ramsay keeps doing this thing I don’t like, which is tackling big ticket issues on a foundation of genre nonsense. My negative take on We Need to Talk About Kevin likened the way Ramsay builds a high-school massacre on the foundation of a bad-seed genre flick to someone staging a new Lethal Weapon on United 93. That’s clearly an exaggeration, but Ramsay’s…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★

    It’s a simple story, fluffed out with flashbacks, subplots and feudal history, but more so it’s simple emotions. Chief wants to be accepted in spite of his flaws, unlike the time he bit the hand and was shipped out (it happened so fast that he didn’t even process it, and like many Wes characters, he’s disgruntled as a reflex); boy wants his companion back, but we don’t see his relationship with Kobayashi so it’s not really a last ditch effort…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    In a tight race with Rushmore for the top bill on my nerdy Wes rankings. All the Wes movies have the same current running through them – each constantly in dialogue with the others – but I feel like GBH is his first film that’s actually about artifice, in all its glory, both good and bad – a lifestyle choice that evaporated upon the invasion of rude men, etc. Gustave has Zero tagging along behind him, furiously taking down pointers…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★

    They said this one is different - something they are prone to say - but there are still a handful of irritating tropes that run through all these things and I don’t have any particular soft spot for Jackman or the character. It’s perfectly fine. In fact, it’s better than every MCU film. But the aforementioned annoyances build: the cluttered and tempo-crushing finale that features too many mutants on too many tangents (before that, the absence of clutter is palpable,…