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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★★

    Still the most dazzling, most cathartic, most rapturous, most painful, most challenging piece of filmmaking you can imagine. Still the most - both in the operatic ecstasy of its craft and the wounding agony of its insight.

    Will never know how much I should be angry with Jake LaMotta and how much I should pity him. Will never know if by the end you’re drained or cleansed, if you’re broken or healed. Will never know how Marty, De Niro and…

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★★½

    In Whitehall and the White House (THE THICK OF IT, IN THE LOOP, VEEP), man exploits, embarrasses, backstabs and abuses (in the crudest, most petty manner possible) his fellow man. In Soviet Russia, it’s just the other way around.

    “I will bury you in history.”

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  • Marvel One-Shot: Item 47

    Marvel One-Shot: Item 47

    ★★★½

    The premise is a million-dollar idea and would have been absolutely winning as an action-comedy feature. It’s legitimately frustrating how little this short does with the concept, even with Caplan and Bradford doing a good Bonnie and Clyde.

  • Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer

    Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer

    ★★½

    Arguably as redundant as CONSULTANT, but it has some decent action choreography and isn’t using the hand-me-downs of a previous feature to get its plot going.

    Also, if the last six years have taught us anything it’s that Marvel will never find itself another Agent Coulson. CAPTAIN MARVEL can’t come soon enough.

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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.