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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    71/100

    Never imagined PTA would make a film that only came together for me in the final minutes, with everything suddenly snapping into place. That's not to say that Phantom Thread isn't weirdly captivating from the jump, what with Woodcock's seduction via breakfast order, Alma's penchant for what can only be called pliant rebellion, and Cyril doing her very best Mrs. Danvers in the background of every scene. (To say nothing of the film's uncredited cinematography, which so perfectly replicates…

  • Wormwood

    Wormwood

    ★★★★

    72/100

    A.V. Club review. Three hours probably would have sufficed, but Netflix giving Morris a budget and a long leash means they're still a force of good for now.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…