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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Stellar back half, starting roughly with the ranch and culminating in the saddest happy ending - maybe an unsung motif in QT's filmography, now that I think about it. I'm not sure what to do with the fact that a director known for casting diverse ensembles and writing strong women* has marginalized every character outside of the two white male leads in this wounded evocation of a bygone era - not convinced that it's regressive nostalgia, but it does strike…

  • Casino

    Casino

    ★★★★½

    A viscerally entertaining chamber epic with a gimlet eye on capitalism's ersatz endgame or Scorsese cribbing from himself, hobbling critique with glorification of violence and misogyny? Yes. Of course Richardson's thrilling camerawork - all glide and sheen - and Schoonmaker's ruthless cutting were not nominated for Oscars.