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  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★

    “He was kind of a gentleman.”

    Redford/Spacek is nostalgic alchemy. The rest is an extremely entertaining, therapeutically familiar - in tone, content, and mostly mode - genuflection to the myth of the effortless American outlaw. 

    Lowery is one of the few filmmakers going whose homages to his influences don’t feel like an elitist badge of courage.

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★

    A bit overdirected and jagged without enough payoff for my tastes but really like the hangout vibe and melancholic zen this finds in the second half.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    Hi there, it's been a little while, but I wrote a review. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote for The Film Stage.

    "On a basic level, Paul Thomas Anderson makes films about magnetic presences — figures who emanate such greatness that it’s nearly as impossible for bystanders to be around them as it is to not be around them. Phantom Thread, Anderson’s ninth film, is of a piece with much of his career in that way, telling of a…

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★½

    My empire of dirt. A bit long winded and pokey, but Rees has mostly achieved a thrilling and powerful juggling act of perspectives, tones, and textures.

    Whole cast is effective, but Mitchell is the heart and soul. So full of warmth and potential while still communicating the box he feels trapped in.