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  • Mother!

    Mother!

    ★★★★

    It’s allegorical domestic horror, so I’m all for it. That said, Aronofsky too often says exactly what he means.

  • Possibly in Michigan

    Possibly in Michigan

    ★★★★

    Simple but extremely effective; disturbing though never graphic; childish and opaque.

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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,…