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  • Hostiles

    Hostiles

    ★★★★

    I love Crazy Heart, but this may be my favorite Scott Cooper film yet. Yes, it's brooding and violent at times, but the film isn't interested in action as much as it is with introspection and the emotional costs of continued expansion in the late 1800's. Christian Bale and Wes Studi are really good in making all of that work, too.

    Vincent Schilling's review in Indian Country Today articulates it perfectly for me: indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/arts-entertainment/hostiles-movie-review-profound-respect-native-culture-gut-punch-reality/

  • Marjorie Prime

    Marjorie Prime

    ★★★

    Lois Smith is wonderful and Jon Hamm is always a treat, but the screenplay is too narratively - and thematically - redundant for my taste. Perhaps my problems stem more with the play its based off of, but the film's cyclical nature felt contrived in the film version. Still, there are technical things here I appreciate and the performances are great.

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    This is the Jake Gyllenhaal show. Or you could argue that it's the Louis Bloom show because Gyllenhaal just disappears. His performance is absolutely unreal and is arguably the best of his career. Louis is creepy, disturbing but also incredibly compelling from beginning to end.

    Dan Gilroy's direction is immaculate. Incredible pacing, fantastic sound design and the cinematography is maybe the best I've seen all year. Robert Elswit is great utilizing LA's night light's, neon blares and illumination that almost…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI isn't a perfect film, but its deconstruction of the Star Wars formula is quite brilliant. And I think my favorite element in that is how Rian Johnson taps into the mythos of this universe while also questioning it at the same time. THE FORCE AWAKENS established that Sith/Jedi lore is just legacy, just a fairy tale to the current generation - until Han revealed to Rey that “it’s all true.” I think to completely abandon…