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  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★

    Features great period details, exquisite costuming, and some breathtakingly painterly images, but the overall story left me cold. I think I did this movie a disservice by watching Before Sunset the night before, and not just because both films more or less end at Parisian walk-ups. Where Linklater allows his audience to feel what his characters feel and come to their own conclusions and understandings, Scorsese rather clumsily relies on an unseen narrator to tell us what to feel and…

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen the third movie yet, but, at this point, I desperately want aliens to discover this trilogy while sifting through the ashes of our civilization and base their assessment of our species on it. In fact, extinction might not be so bad if I knew we'd been distilled in such a bittersweet, honest way and preserved for the universe's discretion. Forget Sagan's golden record. Richard Linklater is humanity's one true emotional historian.

    Can't wait to see the third…

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

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

    After thinking (and arguing about) this one for the last few days, I think I've finally figured out why audience response to it has been so bipolar: they're watching and reacting to two different movies.

    On the surface, we have a somewhat incoherent, largely ineffective space opera with some craft issues that may feature some pretty pictures and the occasional moment of brilliance, but is largely a narrative wet fart. Aborted character development, pointless sequences, flat humor, poor editing, and…