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  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★½

    Between “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette,” it was already quite clear that Sofia Coppola loves watching Kirsten Dunst struggle to make peace with some kind of purgatory. In “The Beguiled,” the mustiest and most conventionally entertaining film of Coppola’s brilliant career, Dunst is once again cast as a woman with so much to give and nowhere to go, but this is the first of her characters who actually has a legitimate hope of escaping from her limbo.

    Alas, peace…

  • Okja

    Okja

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★

    like ET on crack. a *wild* (and wildly uneven) satire that's less concerned with sustainability than it is about corporate hegemony and the conflicting agendas that result from that… when people say it's a lot like THE HOST, they're not just talking about the creature, but also the attitudes she inspires.

    for the first 45 minutes, i was convinced I was watching Bong's best film. it's so rich, so soulful, and the first act is capped off with a chase…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★

    The most reflexive knock against the mordantly debased films of Yorgos Lanthimos is that they don’t seem to make any sense. If that criticism holds any water, it’s only because sense is the very thing that all of Lanthimos’ characters are trying to make for themselves — his movies can’t afford to manufacture it for them.

    That has always been the case for the singular Greek auteur, whose body of work is distinguished by a hilariously masochistic flair for deadpan…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Wes

    ★★★★★

    watched this on the flight to LA and it put me in such a good mood im gonna dance down the I-405 and i don't care if some dude in a lamborghini going 500mph fucking annihilates me

  • Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★½

    Todd Haynes’ films, intellectually rigorous and often profoundly moving, are fractured stories in which alienated, beautiful characters try to find love (or a certain likeness) in the delicate folds of real life. All of this is made possible by a cinema in which aesthetics assume religious force, culture exists on a continuum, and art has a memory.

    In other words, don’t be fooled that his latest feature is a hyper-faithful adaptation of a half-illustrated children’s novel by “The Invention of…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★

    Sean Baker's TANGERINE follow-up is an absolute barn-burner, brimming with life and noise and neglect and an all-timer of a performance by Willem Dafoe. Baker definitely finding his groove... endlessly smart move to flip the script on his breakthrough and apply the same energy to a gorgeously shot 35mm slice of Americana that reeks of POST TENEBRAS LUX for a reason. A movingly episodic story of the "missing homeless" living week-to-week in a godawful motel just outside of the Magic Kingdom, the film builds a remarkably comprehensive portrait of life on the margins - and the systems & cycles that keep people there.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    Lucy

    ★★★

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

    james franco being cast as the captain of the ship only to fry to death in his cryotube in the first five minutes is the weirdest and funniest fucking cameo i've seen since channing tatum showed up in the hateful eight hskehdknsheksjsh

  • Okja

    Okja

    Eli Hayes

    ★★★★½

    Aside from a couple performances that could have used a bit more restraint, Okja is nearly perfect for what it is. The best of the four films that I've seen so far at Cannes '17. A story of sympathy disguised as spectacle; a tale of care and kindness for all animals, disguised as a creature feature. Political cinema at its most playfully profound.

  • Happy End

    Happy End

    davidehrlich

    ★★★★

    lol.

  • Raw

    Raw

    Lucy

    ★★★★½

    EXACTLY what the 2017 film scene DESPERATELY needed

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    brat pitt

    ★★★★

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

    everyone was hyping up the fassbender on fassbender kiss, but that was nowhere NEAR as explicitly gay as the recorder scene, so now i'm gonna overhype it to make up for the lack of hype. 
    the recorder scene changed me as a person. i truly believe it makes up for every flaw in this movie. i was considering giving it a 3 1/2 rating and then i remembered the recorder scene and how physically shook i was in that theater…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    SilentDawn

    ★★★½

    66

    Some random bits and pieces:

    - First 45 minutes, leading up to the attack in the fields, is staggering. A sight and sound show of texture and flair, taking its sweet time in the evocation of production design, thematic foundations, character development, and special effects wizardry. It felt like Ridley dug up B-Roll from the original Alien; measured, dazzling, mysterious.

    - But whenever Scott has to *do* things (ie: ramp up structure, build a climax, construct further depths in…

  • 24 Frames

    24 Frames

    Eli Hayes

    ★★★★★

    The art form stripped down to its most necessary functions: it's fitting that Abbas Kiarostami's final film, 24 Frames -- a stone cold masterpiece of the highest order and one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 21st century so far -- should be about extending the still image beyond its confines and exploring its elastic temporality through a cinematic perspective or, in other words, simultaneously resurrecting the dead and giving life to the merely "existent." Kiarostami's films, too, and…

  • Logan

    Logan

    SilentDawn

    ★★★★★

    [LOGAN NOIR]

    94

    "Stripped of its dusty, sunny images and the longing, exploitative glance of viscera, Logan Noir finds itself muting the very flourishes which define the R-Rating tattoo that the MPAA inked on and, in replacement, gains a sturdier grasp of its own character dynamics and implications, particularly in the art of violence. Black and white takes away the modern western colorization and its placement within a line of economically-centered masculine narratives (Hell or High Water, The Rover, Blood…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    Arielrocks5

    ★½

    I can't remember the last time I viewed a film this unpleasant.

    "Alien: Covenant" is just a bitter old man sitting in his directing chair ready to unleash an onslaught of violence and bleakness for the sake of saying "FUCK YOU" to everyone who wants some semblance of hope for themselves and or didn't care for his previous installment.

    Normally I'd find a piece like this fascinating in how actively it hates its characters and viewers, but it takes so…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    sydney

    ★★★

    wonderful until han solo shows up, and then all i could think about was how sad he looked, so old and tired but still hanging out with the same people and wearing the same clothes and yearning for the same crappy old ship and the woman who's too good for him, and it's exactly like all those cool popular kids in highschool who skip class to smoke or w/e and then you run into them 20 years later and they're…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    Lucy

    ★★★★

    producer guy 1: next on the agenda, what should we call the sequel to alien?
    producer guy 2: well i had an idea.... there's going to be, in fact, more than one alien in this one, correct?
    producer guy 1: yes, plural. go on
    producer guy 2: how about we just call it... Aliens. stick an S on that bad boy
    producer guy 1: bruh
    producer guy 2: bruh

  • World War Z

    World War Z

    brat pitt

    ★★½

    me: i want brad pitt & fincher to collab again so bad
    brad & finch: we're teaming up to make world war z 2! :)
    me, a few weeks after the announcement, staring blankly at the wall after watching world war z (2013) for the very first time: i've won ..... but at what cost ....