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  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★½

    Directing: 4.5 stars
    Cinematography: 4.5 stars
    Editing: 4.5 stars
    Sound design: 4.5 stars
    Writing: 2 stars

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    Exactly what I expected. Not bad, but nothing special. Will probably win Best Picture.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★½

    Why was every shot perfectly symmetrical?
    Just because.

    Why is everything pastel?
    Just because.

    Why is Jason Schwartzman in this?
    Just because.

    Why did the Indian lobby boy become white in his old age?
    Just because.

    Why is everyone praising this movie?
    Just because.

  • A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

    A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

    ★★★★½

    “A Letter to Uncle Boonmee” isn’t so much a movie as an experiment in photography, a series of images that capture a mood instead of a story. It has no plot, per se, though it does revolve around a group of soldiers who have driven out all the villagers of a small town. Yet, they’re not all that important. With a sudden pan or tilt of the constantly moving camera, the director decides to focus on some other development, seemingly…