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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

  • Cry Macho

    ★★★½

  • Dark Waters

    ★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    This feels like the movie he's been trying to make for his whole career and in fact this movie reminds me of the way his career started, pulling out all the stops and displaying his influences, making a splash as if he may not get another chance. But he's a more refined and older filmmaker now and the influences are more interesting, in particular the work of Hal Ashby, and this film shares that somewhat shaggy structure of his, the…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

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

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed No Time To Die. It has some of the same problems as the last couple of films (too grimdark, the third entry in a row thar asks Do We Still Need A Relic Like James Bond In This Day And Age, underwhelming performance from the villain) but it has what all Bond movies should have - a climax with a Doomsday Plot being carried out by an Evil Genius on his Secret…

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  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★½

    Clint’s remake of CENTRAL STATION, hobbled by a not that great supporting performance by the kid, but I’ve come to accept the Afterschool Special vibe to some of Late Style Clint offerings (GRAN TORINO, THE 15:17 TO PARIS), and enjoyed just vibin with Clint and the boys down Mexico way. Clint talks to animals a lot, reminded me of him yelling at the chair at the RNC, just riffin’ with roosters and pigs, like he was reclaiming why some libs…

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    ★★★★

    Todd Haynes? More like GOD HAYNES.

    Criminally overlooked on release in 2019, I’m sad it took me this long to get around to seeing it. A first-rate legal / corporate drama that masterfully compresses a complex 20 year story into 2 hours. Like The Insider, this is a movie about corporate criminality that names names. It makes understandable the connection between unregulated corporate behaviour and environmental destruction. The cast is perfectly selected, especially Tim Robbins (who fooled me for 10…