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  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Mistress America
  • Speed Racer
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  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

  • Aftersun

    ★★★★★

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★★

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    This is great anyway, but if you grew up going to that sort of package holiday c.2000 then it hits on such an intense nostalgia level that's almost transcendent.

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★★

    "The details" are a mess here. People can and will pick at a million different aspects of it. The story is every bit as cliched as the first one and the dialogue has people saying "avatars" over and over. We could be here all day talking about the flaws with this one.

    But I really couldn’t give a shit about the details when painting on a canvas this big. Cameron is going past surface level storytelling to take us on an emotional journey.

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  • CODA

    CODA

    ★½

    CODA winning Best Picture would feel like a victory for a certain kind of cultural movement.

    It’s a symbol of the embrace of “comfort food” art, an extension of that which praises Ted Lasso or Paddington 2. It’s endorsed by the kinds of people who say that, in such dark and difficult times, the last thing we want is movies about darkness and difficult things that make you feel bad. What we all (and it’s always presumed everyone is onboard)…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    Do you remember when The Avengers came out in 2012, now a full decade ago?

    The narrative going into that summer was that The Dark Knight Rises was the blockbuster to beat. Four years earlier, Christopher Nolan wowed audiences with The Dark Knight and the smart money was on him doing it again. Rises didn’t do as well as The Dark Knight (though it didn’t exactly bomb) first and foremost because it was a worse film. But beyond this, it…