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  • Never Goin' Back

    Never Goin' Back

    ★★½

    Takes 'the easy way' a few too many times, but when there's such a compelling central force I'm more than happy to spend pretty much all the time watching the two leads bounce off each other. Very much 'in my wheelhouse' and as such I took it a good deal.

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★

    Not entirely the adaptation I wanted, but far closer to it than the Disney versions. The film doesn't entirely get at what makes the source material so wonderful, though it has a willingness to at least probe.

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  • The Post

    The Post

    ½

    Toothless, bland, dull, heavy handed without actually having much to say. Just Spielberg being Spielberg.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★

    Still wrestling with parts of this, but my biggest hurdle is distinguishing how much I admire it and how much I actually like what the film is doing or the ideas at which it probes. The first portion I can answer pretty confidently, the visual style serving to accentuate the experience and give the viewer a closeness to Saul and his thought process, while also kind of carrying us through the film, the second portion I'm less sure about. The…