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  • American History X

    American History X

    ★★★½

    racism bad

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★

    A fun thriller with a still-salient message, executed with sufficient camp that it manages to dodge all accusations of pretentious or high-minded social commentary, all while still sending a message.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

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

    After a second watch and extensive discussion with friends after walking out, I appreciate the message of the film more fully, and no longer feel as though the parallels drawn between Roy and his father are contrived. Superficial similarities such as their unintended homicide of FLEETCOM crew still feel forced, but I now understand the key parallel between the two characters: They were both "focussed on the essential, to the exclusion of all else." They both went to the edges…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★½

    A lackluster story that is saved by the very competent (and sometimes brilliant) set design, performances, and cinematography. If you want to see a well-realized, grounded space drama shot in IMAX, go see it. Otherwise, maybe pass.

    The story hooks are engaging, but are never -and I mean never- expanded upon. What little will he revealed later on is telegraphed relentlessly, and the misdirect in the third act could hardly be called as such. Our protagonist, while complex and well-acted enough…