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Khoi has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2018.

  • Samurai Spy

    Samurai Spy

    ★★★½

    I have no idea what happened in this film but it’s amazing.

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★½

    Justifiably beloved.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    Really nice all around.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    The Hateful Seven or So at the motel from “Identity.”

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★½

    On rewatch, both plots seem far more contrived than they did twenty years ago, and the ponderous use of voiceover feels more regrettable than ever. But there’s a kind of magic here that still endures, especially in the second half, where the performances still truly sparkle.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    On second viewing the plot is even more incomprehensible, and the action even more stunningly accomplished.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★★½

    Much better than the consensus opinion would suggest.

  • The Villainess

    The Villainess

    ★★★½

    Bonkers.

  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★½

    A huge improvement over “Young Adult.”

  • The Color Wheel

    The Color Wheel

    ★★★½

    Transfixingly weird and weirdly good.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★½

    Stunningly beautiful and precise.

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★½

    There are proportionately fewer jokes here than in Ianucci’s other work but this film is still richly satirical. The historical setting significantly benefits his sensibilities though. Where “The Thick of It” and “Veep” felt creaky every time they encroached on reality, “The Death of Stalin” feels confident and unflinching when it comes to rendering the blackly comic consequences of its characters. You may not laugh quite as much but you’ll feel much more.