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  • The Hustler

    The Hustler

    ★★★★½

    Moralistic, yet subtle and honest. A rare combination.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

    The long takes with the miracle of motion capture, with close-ups of Caesar, Koba and others make this an amazing experience, but as much as it gives a vivid picture of the surface, it falls short to examine what really lies beneath, and that goes for both the apes and humans.

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  • Irrational Man

    Irrational Man

    ★½

    As Abe points out in one of his classes, "So much of philosophy is just verbal masturbation", and so is Irrational Man's take on ethics of murder, banality of evil, problems of chance and choice, etc. Unlike Match Point, Allen forces the problem of chance and choice on the film. The choice is not dramatized because Abe and Jill are not much of characters, only puppets uttering Allen's big words.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    I am not awed by the films supposedly mesmerizing audio-visual bombardment, but I am sincerely shocked by the critics' positive responses to such an empty film.