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  • Control

    Control

    ★★★½

    As a fan of Joy Division, this one's been on my radar for a while. Directed by a man who worked with Joy Division personally (as a photographer), and it really shows. The whole urban decay, stark black-and-white visual aesthetic is really dead on. Sam Riley portrays Ian Curtis really spectacularly, and the music choices are great. But there is a real lack of depth. It just breezes through everything way too fast; Ian Curtis just kind of becomes famous…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    The Taxi Driver comparisons in pretty much every review of this movie are accurate. It's like if you took the aforementioned De Niro classic and stripped it down to its bare essentials. Both explore the antiquated idea of a super-strong masculine hero, stuck in an age and place that does not suits him. Jonny Greenwood's score and some creative cinematography (thinking of the scene with the security cameras in particular) cap off a visceral thriller masterpiece from Lynne Ramsey.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    The movie's got charming leads, beautiful colors, and fantastic music. Brilliant modernization of the musical genre, really breathes life into a type of film that's been struggling as of late. Hard to go into it without spoilers but all I can say is; Damien Chazelle knows how to create happiness and heartbreak in the same movie.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    I'm a big fan of the original Blade Runner, so I think, like a lot of people, I was hesitant when I heard about a sequel being made. But in the hands of the right people, Blade Runner 2049 is an absolute success in nearly every aspect. This point has been hammered over and over again, but yes, Blade Runner 2049 is visually stunning and contains some of Roger Deakins' and Denis Villneuve's best work to date. The movie combines…