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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    This has only gotten better with some time. Won't be for everyone, but it certainly was everything for me. First graph from my CityBeat review to be published next week:

    Star Trek famously described space as the final frontier. Ad Astra, an intergalactic odyssey that refuses to glamorize exploration, sees it as the final responsibility. But mankind’s self-inflicted burden, which feeds a desperate need to find fresh resources, search for alien intelligence, and conquer far off lands, comes with a…

  • Aquarela

    Aquarela

    First 20-30 mins felt like watching Porumboiu on thin ice. Hard metal montages, climate change depth charges booming from under crumbling glaciers. Humanity at its dumbest. Just amazing. The rest, eh, is solid eco screen-saver disaster film stuff.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

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

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…