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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    Princes of the Universe? More like Pretenders to the Throne.

    There’s a sequence right after the release of the titular song where it shows us the initial critical reaction, and it wasn’t exactly glowing. It’s an interesting fact to learn, but let’s be real - the guys who made this knew they had a dud on their hands and launched a pre-emptive strike against all the negative reviews they knew they deserved. Hey, the critics were wrong about “Bohemian Rhapsody”…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Finally dug into the Blu-ray from the Stanley Kubrick box set I received for Christmas last year. Feelings on the film are more or less the same as last time, but I'm thinking more and more that the "unrestored" print we all saw last summer reflects Nolan's interests more than Kubrick's. Nolan's a traditionalist, while Kubrick was always interested in the latest technology. Hell, if he was alive he might be shooting digital for all we know.

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  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★★

    You know you're in the hands of a master when he gives away the ending in the goddamn title but you're riveted the whole time anyway.

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★★½

    NINE LIVES ain't got nothing on this.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    This movie breaks the world.

    Seriously, let’s take a moment to remember what this actually is, a sequel to a 35-year-old movie that’s been enshrined as a classic. Everything about that points to a stain on the original’s legacy, the best case scenario being one that would fade with enough bleach. This couldn’t be good.

    And it’s not. It speeds right past being “good” without breaking a sweat.

    What it is is one of the most intelligent, ambitious and provocative…

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★

    A movie that wants to tell you about empathy, privilege, political correctness, the social contract and the digital age, and all I want is an explanation for how Elisabeth Moss has a pet chimpanzee. It’s incredibly funny and breathlessly audacious but too baggy and muddled to really satisfy. Terry Notary’s ape-man act is a showstopper, but it arguably shoots the film in the foot; it has to go through an entire third act after already peaking.