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  • Christmas with a View

    Christmas with a View

    ½

    It's like the people involved* have never... done... anything? ... let alone seen a movie.


    *Justin G. Dyck directed five Xmas movies in 2018 alone.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★

    Somewhere between contemptible bougie virtue signaling and noble effort to center the marginalized. Probably too mired in nostalgia, with sequences that start strong but whiff the landing (beach climax a perfect example). Lacks imagination where it counts - I'm not sure that acknowledging ignorance is enough.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★½

    The seduction of power, weaponized ignorance, and aesthetics unmasked as propaganda

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

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

    A perfect vehicle for De Palma's gizmo-based cinema that, like its star, only falters on the human level. An awkward prologue meant to establish the camaraderie of a well-oiled team gives way to chillingly effective horror, overheated paranoia resolves into the iconic thriller centerpiece, and then all that's left is an effects-laden climax that somehow holds up, physics be damned. Sure, the computer stuff is a laughable artifact (I swear you can hear the cast pronounce a hyphen in "the…