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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    Phantom Thread isn't the kind of sprawling work of untamed ambition that I've come to expect from Paul Thomas Anderson. It instead represents a relatively simple idea executed with extreme levels of technical and creative competence.

    Perhaps the aspect I appreciated most was that, compared to There Will Be Blood, it never felt like an episode of The Daniel Day-Lewis Variety Hour. Day-Lewis provides a towering performance here, but he never monopolizes the film; Vicky Krieps, in her words and…

  • Moonstruck

    Moonstruck

    ★★★★★

    Not a romantic comedy but a first-rate comedy about romance. Cher is in turns hilarious and jaw-droppingly beautiful, Nicholas Cage is impossibly young, and John Patrick Shanley's screenplay is consistently quirky in the most endearing way possible.

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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    ★★★

    Francis Ford Coppola presents Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a brilliant adaptation of the original novel . . . except when it isn’t . . . which is unfortunately very often.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★½

    With The Hateful Eight, Tarantino seems to be taunting his oldest detractors by making a film that showcases their most frequent criticisms. It's all here: characters that are "irredeemably corrupt", "endless" stretches of meandering dialogue, and "gratuitous" graphic violence. Here's the thing though, for the very first time I (a longtime Tarantino fan) found myself agreeing with them. The violence IS gratuitous and present primarily for shock value, the dialogue DOES seem endless, and the characters ARE (without exception) irredeemably…