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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★½

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

    This is a lot of fun, but it's interesting that one of the influences on this movie that Rian Johnson's named is _The Last of Shiela_. They both have the same structural oddity: The story reaches a point where you can reasonably conclude that you understand what happened and why, but you also know that if that were the case, the movie would be over. The meta-knowledge "I am watching a whodunnit" cuts against the storytelling. (In retrospect, there's a…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

    I have no idea what happened, but I couldn't look away.

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  • 1776

    1776

    ★★★★★

    God help me, I love this movie. A few of the songs are awful, the good ones aren't even that good, two hours and forty-five minutes is an excruciating length, and some of the various historical inaccuracies do cast the film in a poor light (notably, Jefferson didn't free his slaves and Franklin wasn't an abolitionist yet, and presenting otherwise whitewashes America's great shame). Still, though, I never don't love John Adams's snippy comments or feel a bit of a thrill when the Declaration is finally approved.

  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★

    This is a comedy?