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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    The Lighthouse



    Robert Eggers most recent offering gives a lot more than fans of The Witch were expecting.



    Set in the eponymous lighthouse, a young man commits to a four week stint of well paid work, helping the keeper to tend the light. When a stroke of bad luck befalls the two men, they are forced to remain isolated on the island much longer than either expected and the simmering tensions between them threaten to boil over.



    A visually striking…

  • Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★

    Queen and Slim

    It was only three months ago that I read the Malcolm Gladwell book Talking to Strangers, a sizeable chapter of which is dedicated to the tragic consequences of the traffic stop which led to the death of Sandra Bland. It chronicles all the reasons, human and systemic, that a simple misuse of a turn signal can lead to the death of another black American.

    This is how we are introduced to Queen and Slim.

    The first ten…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    Knives Out

    Rian Johnson's greatest mystery remains unsolved - how to put together a cohesive last act.

    What I admired, for the most part, was that the movie knew exactly what is was. A self-proclaimed 'whodunnit' which revelled in the trappings of its genre. A loving, almost nostalgic, wry take on the thrills and silliness that drive the interest to periodically revive murder mysteries on TV and film for mass markets every few years. Had Knives Out come in a…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

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

    Sam Mendes' war opus is an expertly crafted but emotionally flat ride through the trenches.

    I appreciated the engineering and logistics that must have gone into the making of 1917; I admired the risks that it takes and the regularity with which it pulls them off; I was impressed with the editing and surprised by a lot of set pieces.
    All of this, of course, is a very roundabout way of saying I don't know if I actually liked it.…