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  • The Chronicles of Riddick

    The Chronicles of Riddick

    ★★★

    Best of the Star Wars prequels

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★½

    So simple, and yet it almost totally eluded me on last viewing: Malick's main musical motifs here - Grieg's "Ases dod," Kilar's "Exodus," Part's "Silouan's Song" and Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia" - all naturally build to ecstatic resolutions through repetition and release; undulating waves of emotion that emerge not so much as a climaxes but as walls of sheer catharsis. Encountering each of these pieces in the context of a late Malick work invites eager anticipation - who couldn't after the…

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★½

    An experience of abject terror; almost certainly the most horrifying blockbuster since Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS (with none too few Spielbergian touches here, too, spiced quite well). Clunky story and character elements abound but matter little, so thoroughly does Edwards succeed in grounding the mayhem, always glimpsed from afar through human eyes. Even the anonymous "star" casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (surrounded by a who's who of character actors) works in subversive fashion against his own script's Hero's Journey, opposed…

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★★★★½

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

    One of the finest depictions of repressed love I've ever seen; a love that attempts to navigate the labyrinth of restraints it has long bowed to; a love that is only - and CAN only - be demonstrated through a negation of action. Has Hou made the first real apophatic romance? And romance it is: Yinniang is deeply tragic but does not inhabit a tragedy. As others have noted, Hou astonishingly lets go of his famed master shot aesthetic to…