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  • At Long Last Love

    At Long Last Love

    ★★★★½

    "It’s one thing to attempt to mimic the greats, but it’s another thing to signal to your audience you know you are a pale imitation. Kahn and Reynolds don’t shy from their off-key voices—they embrace them with drunken abandonment. They move their bodies with taps in their steps and shout for the rafters, and there’s a genuine charm to their attempts to succeed. Shepard’s voice is perhaps the most classical, but she’s also the most silly! A constant smile on…

  • Sholay

    Sholay

    ★★★★

    Discussed with Mumbai critic Laya Maheshwari on the latest podcastand ignore the star rating: this is the greatest thing in existence and it is pure and good and perfect. Not to go Stefon but this movie has everything: you've got the action, you've got the romance, you've got the song and dance, you've got the colors, you've got the ridiculous plot twists and emotional climax and the biggest action sequences. Watch it!

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    For years, Hollywood and the surrounding Culture Wars have asked a question: Do Critics Matter? It's a frankly boring question, but the main anxiety has developed out of a growing disconnect between Rotten Tomatoes Favorites and the American Box Office. But Disney and their expanding intellectual properties have put a new spin on this story: critics don't matter, but studios deliberately position / design films to harness their words in order to enter The Cultural Conversation. Their movies are no…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…