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  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    ★★★★★

    Whatever I say about this film has already been said with more eloquence by better writers many times before me, so I'll just keep it brief.

    Kirsten Dunst further cements herself in my mind as one of the greatest actresses of all time, delivering here a performance for the ages. It's a film that tells the story of Marie Antoinette, the young queen of France, but it is a film fundamentally about the repression of women by the dynasty of…

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ★★★★★

    Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto comprise an unexpected candidate for the best acting ensemble that I've ever seen onscreen. That's saying nothing of the masterpiece that is Dallas Buyers Club. Roger Ebert famously said the following regarding the purpose of film: "...the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey…

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Felt bad that I went to a theater playing The Post, Paddington 2, and CMBYN but saw this again instead. Then I saw it and didn’t feel bad. I’ll get to those other films.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    This is everything I imagined it could be, and more. Let me first just get something out of the way, Denis Villeneuve is the only director who could make this and make it great, and that's exactly what he did. He has the unparalleled ability to make palpable the deep longing of the human spirit, of the voice down inside us, to know ourselves, to know others, and to love. One of his tools is memory. The idea of memory…