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  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    For the first half of this film, I was reminded of a certain era of Michael Haneke films (like The Seventh Continent) that moved very slowly until reaching catharsis. But it becomes clear as the film unfolds that it's not driving towards a catharsis at all.

    Walking out of a (fairly packed) Sunday afternoon screening, I heard a lot of complaints about how "nothing ever happened" in the movie. It's not an unfair criticism, and that kind of movie is…

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    Every part of this movie is extremely charming or extremely moving or both

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    The Mission: Impossible movies today serve basically the same cultural role James Bond movies did 30 years ago, and they are both superior to the current Bond films and much less dated/self-serious/over-sexualized.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    I didn't know I could feel as much cringe and anxiety simultaneously as I did in the scene where he's in the closet