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  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★

    In adapting the words, Cube and Splice’s Vincenzo Natali — on top of everything else — also sees room for time loops, emphasized violence, new interactions and a platform for philosophy. In concept the augments ensure this telling of In the Tall Grass is distinctively Natali’s; in reality they are proof of follies taking roots in the field. Had the writer-director spent more time, or the same as however long was used to craft those oftentimes startlingly breathtaking visuals, on…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    By being always really there in the film, Joaquin Phoenix shows up with the capacity to grip and twist insides with freakish ease. No one in Gotham listens to his Arthur, but he always smiles because he know we will. Have to. Still shuddering, believe it or not.

    His performance also gives you the needed strength to overcome a direction and writing that so often pull away from its perfect spot — forbidden peek into a madman’s file — toward…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Ah, welcome to 2-plus hours of "I can't even." And that makes the film genuinely dynamite.

    May your body be ready for what's to come, which includes - not necessarily in order - character growth, more assured direction of set-pieces (albeit still too hectic at places), oh-hell-yes moments & who will not make it.

    ** One post-credits scene at the very end.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Rian Johnson has one more to add to his golden filmography. Yes, the scale and content can't be more different to what he has done, but Holy Jakku he has done it!

    I hope you're ready for the most gratifying Star Wars experience yet. The action is breathtaking; the spiritual aspect receives its most on-point portrayal yet. Editing could have been more graceful, but this is just a stardust-sized complaint.

    Will definitely be on board toward a galaxy far, far away if Rian Johnson is the skipper.