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  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    I lost a bet.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Absolutely a triumph of cinematography and sound and production design, and Gosling's performance and character are the most interesting non-technical, non-world-building elements of the film...but criticisms about the story not being substantial, interesting, and ultimately emotional enough to justify the length and slow pace are valid. Nonetheless, and just like the 1982 installment, this is still a jagged, weird world I know I'll ultimately be drawn back into [B+]

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  • Philomena

    Philomena

    ★★★★

    A compelling, devastating, and twisted true story about a former Magdalene girl trying to find her long-lost son. Judy Dench is poignant and often hilarious as the chatty and provincial Philomena, who easily could have slipped further into characterture in less capable hands. Coogan has some nice scenes throughout that transcend the familiar trappings of the skeptical, depressed, and put-upon journalist trying to resurrect his career. The screenplay is a bit too efficient and on-the-nose at times, and even though…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★½

    Guinness World Record holder for most metaphors used to say pretty much the same thing over and over and over again. It's impressive technically (particularly in the last 20 minutes), but it's so monotonous and one note on a character and thematic level that being shotgun in the face with the overarching allegory in its third act feels like diminishing returns instead of elevating and crystalizing what came before [C].