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  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★

    Somehow manages to spend two hours in Winston Churchill's face without introducing any clarity or complexity to his decisions. And when your film rests on one character, you better damn well make it feel like the audience is gaining insight into said character. The supporting characters are all bland robots because the script has no idea how to craft a meaningful, compelling relationship on screen; it's almost laughable that they even try with Lily James because it's clear from the…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Clearly designed to elicit reactions, and pretty successful at doing so. Lanthimos has his grasp on every tiny facet of the production, each scene a delicate balance between heightened aesthetics and blank-faced absurdity. His actors--all outstanding-- deliver their lines devoid of any normal conventions of human conversation, resulting in a plethora of inappropriately comedic moments and killer lines (Alicia Silverstone owns the best one). The film occasionally gets lost in its own world, lingering too long on certain uninteresting beats…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    Alright Letterboxd, we have some things to discuss. Bear with me.

    Let’s get this out of the way first: Christopher Nolan is a very talented filmmaker. He and his brother have crafted several masterpieces in my eyes, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for his commitment to high(er) concept crowd pleasers. He gets a lot of shit, but his type of filmmaking is desperately needed in an age of mindless entertainment; how many other directors will garner such…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★★

    There are very few things that I respect more than a movie that is unafraid to embrace its own stupidity. Kong: Skull Island has thinly written characters, extreme tonal dissonance, bad dialogue, and a complete and utter disregard for the talents of Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, but it’s absolutely glorious in its brazen spectacle. Its thin characters and tonal dissonance don’t matter as much because it thoroughly commits to its premise, and it seems like the movie is one ridiculous–but…