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  • Happy End

    Happy End

    ★★★★

    Rich people problems: who cares? I certainly couldn't care less, that is, unless Michael Haneke is directing a movie about them. When acquainting oneself with the prolific Austrian director's initial trilogy The Seventh Continent, 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, and Benny's Video, one gets the impression that, regardless of class distinctions, the fellow either hates mankind or can sympathize enough with any one of us to excuse murder. We're all one bad decision away from murder or suicide.…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★

    You can say what you will of the several decades long Marvel cinematic franchise, but one thing you can't say it is not is "average". Marvel and subsequent owners Disney have constructed a Michelin 3-star bivouac of action movie tent poles in which to house the American collective unconscious. These are movies that are guaranteed to give you a chuckle, a thrill, maybe a chill, but you certainly won't be leaving the theater any more or less enlightened than when…

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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★½

    This is the best episode of Black Mirror yet! Seriously though, the Cloverfield trilogy might as well be an anthology series in its own right. Starting with what is one of the most insipid found footage blockbusters of all time thanks to Hud screaming "Marlena" 1000 times too many, I wouldn't have found myself invested in the series had it not been for the compelling and resigned sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman provided an excellent…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    There is a lot to digest here. In Daniel Day-Lewis' presumed swan song, Phantom Thread concerns the grandiose epicenter of post-war couture. Day-Lewis is a tyrannical dressmaking artist who falls in love with a young waitress made muse and live-in model played by Vicky Krieps. They antagonize each other and strike a creepy and odd power balance. You probably fell asleep at the mention of "dressmaking", yet somehow Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted another benchmark of modern cinema.

    One's enjoyment…