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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    This is not movie of the year.

    This is movie of the LIFE.

  • The Plagiarists

    The Plagiarists

    ★★★★

    At first sight, it plays like a very millennial rehash of Dogme 95.

    I have to admit, it's fun to watch young intellectuals lose their cool over what's authentic and what's fake (“There's worse things than quoting avant-garde European literature,” a character casually declares at some point).

    Surprisingly, The Plagiarists is the rare kind of satire that does not trip over itself to make the central point clear, and constructs a dead-on portrait of modern ‘cultural pretensions,’ to borrow from the film's description. Ha!

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  • Collateral Beauty

    Collateral Beauty

    ½

    Easily one of the most offensive, artificial and just plain stupid films about grief Hollywood has ever spat out.

    The ending is just disrespectful.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

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

    One of my favorite scenes in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is just Brad Pitt driving down the City of Stars while Los Bravos' killer 1968 cut, 'Bring a Little Lovin,' plays as score, which then segues into Neil Diamond's 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show.'

    In many ways, I believe Diamond's song encapsulates every aspect of Quentin Tarantino's ninth film to perfection; it's winsome, but beneath the postcard-beauty of a sunny Hollywood afternoon and the thrill it provides, there's…