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  • The Epic of Everest

    The Epic of Everest

    ★★½

    47/100

    A remarkable achievement for its time, but strictly of historical interest today. Nearly a century later, we still know relatively little about Mallory and Irvine's fate (though the former's body was finally found in 1999), so the elegiac shoulder shrug is a given; we don't even learn much about the climbers, as emphasis remains firmly on the expedition as a whole. (To be fair, it was 1924, so not like they could do talking-head interviews.) The idea was to…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★½

    81/100

    No doubt I'm forgetting something, but it's hard to think of another film with a structure like this: clear narrative throughline plus multiple tangents related solely by theme. Seeing it during its original U.S. theatrical run, at age 19, expanded my sense of what a movie can be; three decades later, the playfulness still delights, even if not all of the blackout sketches fully satisfy. (The one involving dueling con men is barely even food-related.) It's also clearer to…

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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★

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

    40/100

    Fuck, the Hunger Games are back. In a war.

    "Sir, the rebels are approaching. What should we do?"

    "Trap them in a courtyard and flood it with lethal oil."

    "What if they run to higher ground? Do we have enough murder oil to ensure that they're all killed no matter what?"

    "No no, let's give them a sporting chance. If they elude our oil for a minute or so, we'll let it recede and they can just continue toward…

  • 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…