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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Extended Edition

    Scary, elusive, weird, wild, whatever etc.—all that J.R. said about that other thing but about this thing.

  • Too Late to Die Young

    Too Late to Die Young

    ★★★½

    "Among the rather remarkable features of Too Late to Die Young is its attention to music as a mode of self-expression for both individuals and the community, a means of narrating and articulating those emotions and thoughts one is too unsure of to verbalize independently. This aspect combines with the film’s assured editing, as I mentioned earlier, to produce a particularly strong moment involving an accordion cover of The Bangles’ "Eternal Flame" and a love triangle that progresses through masterful…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    The existence of Justice League, in the form that the world has seen it, cannot be understood without the reaction to Batman v Superman (BvS) as context. At the heart of this reaction lies Armond White’s basically correct diagnoisis that the “culture has lost appreciation for the true aesthetics of cinema”. He further develops his point by arguing that this is a condition that has been preyed upon by artless studios to the point that those to whom a film…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★½

    There's a certain overstatement in the elucidation of Doctor Strange's successes, as one might find them here and elsewhere. The chief and only truly justifiable ambition that could be attributed to the film is its visual style. For when, on the few occasions that Strange really does something (e.g. when it folds a city about itself, or has a building eat a person), it is surely at its most interesting.

    Yet, this particular ambition—and calling it an ambition is generous…