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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Even if this movie wasn't great, I could live in the broken neon world that it creates. Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have crafted something immaculate here; this ranks among the most visually and sonically beautiful and captivating films I've ever seen. Even if I wasn't wrapped up in the tangible characters and provocative themes, I would have no choice but to keep watching, a dreamworld not too far from our own, one which blends Ridley Scott's visionary mind with…

  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    ★★½

    At first I found this charming, clever, and experimental in all of the right ways, a personal, visceral take on relationships. Then I found it petty, narrow-minded, and frustratingly simple, a never-ending series of wish fulfillments from some whiny dude. It's hard to knock movies like these, which aren't even really movies but rather personal essays or tone poems, because they clearly mean so much to their filmmakers. But for all the passion and creativity that Terrence Nance clearly has…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    I've never heard guns sound quite like this.

    Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is not quite a conventional movie. It's an experience to behold. Nolan is not concerned with your enjoyment, or whether you can latch onto any one character. He isn't concerned with protagonists and antagonists and high drama. He simply wants to immerse you in this chaotic world, and he by and large succeeds.

    From the moment it began, I was invested in the world of Dunkirk. War movies run…

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

    One of the most crowd-pleasing films of all time but also simply one of the best, The Shawshank Redemption is a modern classic if I've ever seen one. I was somewhat trepidatious for this rewatch even if I already loved the film before--was I going to be turned off by the maudlin optimism or the incessant narration from Morgan Freeman? While both thoughts crossed my mind, I quickly found myself more enraptured in this vibrant tale than ever before.

    For…