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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    A towering achievement and perfect conclusion to the best contemporary trilogy blockbuster filmmaking has ever produced, apart from The Lord of the Rings. Part revenge western, part prison escape movie, Matt Reeves has taken Caesar's journey to hell and back, crafting an emotionally resonant, richly texture, and beautifully mounted film here. Few studio films of this scope would dare to stick so close to crafting nuanced characters with actual, rich emotional journeys. Fewer still would dare to have such a…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    A profoundly disturbing and tragic indictment of a dying culture clinging desperately to a way of life and order that no longer exists. The social & political implications are so bone-chilling that they will haunt me for weeks, if only because the film knows how to tap into that creeping evil that infects us all when we feel cornered & desperate. By the film's conclusion, I was so shaken by what the story had revealed about our own impulses & biases that I had nightmares that night. An elemental force of cinema that delivers a gut-wrenching conclusion that will leave many viewers rattled to their very core.

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    A deeply personal and emotionally overwhelming experience for me. The Tree of Life made me homesick for my childhood, and this made me feel homesick for the last ten years of my life. But also felt like closure on that chapter. So incredibly freeing to know that a filmmaker like Malick still operates today, and on such a deeply affecting level.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    Nolan's latest honestly reminded me more of Spielberg's A.I. than anything else. Somewhat in plot but primarily in feeling. Its as dense as anything he's ever made, and perhaps the best script he and his brother Jonah Nolan have ever written together, sacrificing the somewhat didactic, on-the-nose tendencies of previous works and instead opting for a much calmer, more human approach. In fact, while the ideas of black holes and space travel a no doubt a driving force to add…