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  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★

    Impressively oppressive sound design. The limited scope works very well for it, and it manages a satisfying ending. Moss is amazing as usual, and I was also quite impressed with Deyn.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★

    Impressive for its ambition, if not all details of the execution - the result is fascinating but unbalanced and sometimes baffling. Portman pushes a bit far into caricature, but the actress playing young Celeste in the first part and Celeste's daughter in the second is quite good.

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  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    ★★

    Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are clever guys. The problem is that they never seem quite satisfied with their own cleverness, so they have to keep pushing it farther and farther, well into the realm of ridiculousness.

    Would it really be so tough to just give us a strong mystery, flavored by the banter between Sherlock and Watson? The conceit of the mind palace has been expanded to be pure magic/nonsense at his point. Why not leave it behind and…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely gorgeous, impressionistic and well-observed.

    The advantage of having such a taciturn, withdrawn main character is that it gives the actors around them a lot to do. Kind of an immovable object/unstoppable force sort of thing. I heard plaudits for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali - and they are very well-deserved, especially for the latter - but I was surprised that André Holland didn't get more acclaim. The final sequence is a masterpiece, a hesitant push-and-pull in which nobody wants…