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  • Fanny and Alexander
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Phantom Thread
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

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  • Irma Vep

    ★★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

  • Wildlife

    ★★★½

  • The Return

    ★★★★

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  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★★

    Meandering, loose-limbed, fleet of foot as Irma herself, and yet bursting with energy, alive, electric, constantly finding new ways to surprise and delight. For my money it is the greatest movie about making movies, an acidic corrective to Truffaut’s syrupy, navel-gazing Day for Night where filmmaking is treated as a magical marvel, where the Director is armed with a library of Bresson and Bergman and Bunuel, esoteric texts to conjure another silver screen dream. Here, Jean-Pierre Leaud (what casting!) plays…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

    There is a particular, sad beauty well-known to the companionless foreigner as he walks the streets of his adopted (preferably, moonlit) city. In my case, Ennui, France. I have so often shared the day’s glittering discoveries with: no one at all. But always, somewhere along the avenue or the boulevard, there was a table. Set for me. A cook, a waiter, a bottle, a glass, a fire. I chose this life. It is the solitary feast that has been (very…

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  • War and Peace

    War and Peace

    ★★★★★

    I spent a little over 10 hours in a theater today. 2 hours of that time was spent in intermission, fighting the horde of bewildered octogenarians shambling for the bathroom. The other 8 was spent soaking up unprecedented spectacle.
     
    Look, I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for period epics and this thing checks off all my boxes. Hats? Not a bald head in sight. Snow? Enough to drive Napoleon out of Russia. Duels? Only one,…

  • The Report

    The Report

    ★★★

    *every scene in this movie*
    Adam Driver: Don't you see?? The CIA! They’re monsters!
    Annette Benning: Wait a minute...So you’re telling me the CIA were monsters. . . and got away with it?!?!

    Essential content in an inessential package. Like if a manilla envelope was a movie. The information inside might be invaluable, but on the outside it’s still a boring envelope. Couldn’t you have splurged on a folder? High gloss? Leather cover? A binder maybe? Either way, Adam Driver…