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  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★★★

    It's no surprise that I'd give a high rating to a movie made entirely of paintings. But beyond its visual and technical craft, there is true and evocative emotion at play. It's a touching eulogy and memorial to an artist who felt everything so vividly, and acted so strikingly towards those around him. The impact he had on people near and far is astounding, as are the fond memories they tell and portraits they draw of their interactions with him. Immortality, achieved - through art and recollections.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW but urgent and splendid in different ways. The inevitable resolution and surprising finale both work in blending harsh realities with tender fantasies, making one remember the spoils of childhood. A no tell motel near the exit to Disney World may not be the "magic castle" that's marketed to us, but it's the setting most in America will be terribly familiar with - trauma and fondness side by side. A classic in empathy and wonder ... with an asterisk.

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    You're gonna read about how this sequel expands upon the original's notions of humanity and civilization, how the visuals are outstanding, etc. And all of that is correct. But what is most interesting to me is how in all of its methodical sequences, in all of its lived in world of grit and sleaze, the movie never succumbs to 2010's style action as a way of waking us up or keeping pace. It cares more about its expression than of our feeling or attention spans. And that's wonderful. Do you!