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  • Paris, Texas
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Punch-Drunk Love
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  • Ocean's Thirteen

    ★★★½

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★½

  • Evil Cat

    ★★★½

  • The Day that Doesn't Exist

    ★★★

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  • Ocean's Thirteen

    Ocean's Thirteen

    ★★★½

    They're basically on auto-pilot and it basically doesn't matter. There's no real arc here except for the less static "we're working on the heist" to "we're executing the heist" dynamic. For that reason there's not a whole lot of investment going on in the story, but the arsenal of charismatic actors pretty much takes care of that.

    One really bad takeaway – I'm not sure what Soderburgh shot this on, but it's pretty clearly an early digital camera that has…

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★½

    It works on the level of "let's see how many references we can cram in here," and if we're being honest that might have been the point all along. But unsurprisingly, neither of the leads generate much investment and less surprisingly, it's maybe half as funny as it needs to be to work with this kind of tone. But looking back on it - as much as Akiva Schaffer gets away with here, it's hard to imagine the powers-at-be at…

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  • Citizenfour

    Citizenfour

    ★★★★

    What's great about Citizenfour is that it forgoes telling a story, and instead is completely comfortable with and devoted to telling an experience - a very strange and surreally calm experience - of doing something that led a young man to become the primary ire and target of the CIA. All the while Snowden just sits on a hotel bed and explains computers.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Phantom Thread's not necessarily Paul Thomas Anderson's best film, but it is the one that convinces me that he is, as a filmmaker, invincible.

    He's wandered farther away from his wheelhouse than in any previous film with Phantom Thread, a period romance. There's plenty of thin PTA humor to be found in the dialogue (it's perplexingly full zingers I can't wait to incorporate into my vocabulary), but otherwise this is feels like new territory for him. Perhaps unsurprisingly, PTA doesn't…