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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • American Honey
  • Chungking Express

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  • Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • Moonfall

    ★★

  • No

    ★★★★½

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  • Three Days of the Condor

    Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★★

    I appreciate the the lack of political or extra-textual nonsense at the centre of this twisty spy thriller. Its impressive how much of this film has been aped in recent years without taking the conspiracy quite as far as this one does. While the romantic subplot obviously does not hold up to contemporary political scrutiny, its influence on the genre is extensive and well-earned.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    As much as I truly hate the marketing that implies that these marvel fare are actually veering into genre moreso than they actually are, this is perhaps the most stylistically and tonally abberant film in their whole catalog, even moreso than Zhao's Eternals. Ultra-wide lens close-ups, extremely fast floating dolly shots, circle fades. Doctor Strange 2 certainly contains a lot of nods to visual imagination of Raimi's Evil Dead works even if it does not necessarily diverge much from the…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    Somehow both hopelessly exposition-dense and incomprehensible at the same time. Tenet is the most Nolan-y Nolan film yet, a sci-fi spy thriller devoid of compelling characters or meaningful stakes. In a mostly plodding two and half hours of underexposed, generally muddy filmmaking, somehow very little is revealed or accomplished besides rehashing much of Nolan's typical pre-occupations including elaborate metaphors for filmmaking and artistic production, and a desire to put it all on the line for cherubic off-screen children.

    John David…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    Chloe Zhao has this uncanny ability to blur reality and fiction into experiences that feel completely authentic. I was deeply moved by even some of the seemingly conventional pieces of Nomadland. There is an early sequence where Frances McDormand's Fern explores the caravan in a continuous shot where every little piece of the community contains such vivid detail, I couldn't tell you if it was a built set or not.

    Ludivico Einaudi's piano score brings such heavy emotion to this…