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  • The 15:17 to Paris

    The 15:17 to Paris

    ★★½

    The early flashback bits involving the children are quite disastrous. They felt like a lazy, half-engaged lifetime TV movie with copious amounts of good American red meat thrown to the patriotic masses. I mean there’s a character who actually says “my religion is stronger than your statistics”. I nearly stopped watching right there. Things then get gradually more interesting. The decision to cast the actual guys involved in thwarting the attack actually works. The movie goes to a quasi-experimental place,…

  • Ismael's Ghosts

    Ismael's Ghosts

    ★★½

    Desplechin is aging badly.

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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    I'm going to commemorate this movie with a short review, because this was the first time I take my son to the movies. We actually almost never made it past the arcade and crane claw machines at the entrance, but we eventually moved on. As the interminable stream of trailers, ads and 'featurettes' rolled on, he got frustrated and asked for the remote control, so he could fast forward through this nonsense, as he does at home. I explained there…

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    The Wind Will Carry Us

    ★★★★★

    City prick goes to a remote village to shoot a funeral, flirts with a peasant, rides a motorcycle in a field of wheat. The bottomless beauty of the cosmos.