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  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    ★★★

    Not bad. Not great. there’s a lot that this could have done better, it’s really long for the story it’s trying to tell, the score is uninspiring, the actin s sparse and is kind of recoiling, the movie leans on sexuality as a spy tool and the story that it is trying to tell is nothing special. This does have good cinematography, it’s a nice cast and even though it’s long and not much happens, it never quite falls into being boring. Not high praise.

  • Burden of Dreams

    Burden of Dreams

    ★★★★

    Werner Herzog is sometimes more interesting as himself than the movies he makes. I had trouble getting through Fitzcarraldo but I love the documemtary about it. I would be interested to have seen the original casting of the movie though.

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    I know this isn’t for everyone, and fortunately I’m not everybody. I love a western and the Coens and dammit if I don’t appreciate the episodic and pulpy format of it. I like every story, some heartbreaking, some tragically humorous, all with the signature Coen touch.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.