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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    [Not that Tenet can be spoiled, but this review is spoiler free]

    Christopher Nolan is the object of study and obsession, his films often generating strong passions and “blowing minds,” especially the most malleable ones. He’s defended by many, criticized by a few, but almost no-one is completely indifferent to his output. What makes Nolan such a suis generis filmmaker is how he remixes his cinematic heroes to offer grand spectacles, in the process becoming a sort of hybrid of…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    More than a film set in Hollywood in 1969, Tarantino’s latest is a film about Hollywood in 1969, more specifically the ins and outs of Americana and the clash of cultures at a transformative time. Comprised of a series of very loosely connected vignettes that showcase the anxiety of the older generation and its resistance towards a new way of thinking, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood often veers into docu-drama territory. Made up TV episodes that might‘ve just been…

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★½

    Snyder is terrific at opening credits and needle drops. Watchmen may be the apex of these elements, but this is where it all started— the playfulness within the chaos and nihilism. I’ve never thought about him in this way, but I’m starting to think Snyder’s true brand is cheerful nihilism, and that’s okay with me.

  • Dreamcatcher

    Dreamcatcher

    Timothy Oliphant spends an excruciating amount of time talking about fried clams and then goes on to draw an old friend’s name in urine. 

    Yep, it’s that kind of movie.

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  • Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

    Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

    ★★★★

    Yet another riveting documentary by Chris Smith that casts a much-needed spotlight on the rich’s Achilles heel: prestige. Not unlike Fyre, Operation Varsity Blues deconstructs how the pursuit of status in a capitalistic society often leads to profound desperation and an “achieve at all costs” mentality. Because this is America, where there’s desperation, there’s an opportunity, and where there’s an opportunity, there’s a business. 

    Enter Rick Singer, the man whose entrepreneurial spirit set the wheels of this scheme in motion,…

  • The Mask

    The Mask

    ★★★½

    A work of maximalist delight.