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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    It's interesting to see Nolan in a slightly different mode, but he's still pompous, the editing is confusing, the whole thing with joyless. When it's at it's best, it's a color war action movie—but it doesn't really add anything new to that genre. 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    As with the previous installment in the franchise, the ape characters and their world are done so well, they make the human side of the movie feel disorientingly flat. Maybr this is the way our planet becomes theirs.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★★

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…