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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★

    Action then destruction. Everything goes wrong, over and over. The film's about the fallout of Pattinson's decisions, his attempts to avoid disaster, and how each decision is a manipulation, an exploitation, of everyone around him. Good Time's trajectory is a documentation of the collateral damage of these decisions. But it does not linger, it instead speeds through every development - Connie glances backwards only a few times and in those shots we witness several lives ruined (the young girl, the…

  • Flight

    Flight

    ★★★

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

    While catching bits of FORREST GUMP on TV the other day, I settled somewhat on my position - I liked this film, it's got strong guts, a strong structure, a directorial presence which carries its most trite passages and its on-the-nose song choices (GUMP commits far greater crimes!). It takes some time to understand the path of the film, its acceptance of redemption, of Faith; perhaps here there's some disappointment that this is the ultimate path, but I would not…

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  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★

    The final scene is indicative of the issues at play here. It is a small revelation from one character to another, a surprise, deepening the connection between them, an homage to their past, a tribute. But it's all wrong. The rhythm is too fast, there's no patience, no poetry - my auteurist broken brain for some reason made a connection to Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and the ending of that film, where Crowe takes his time, showing the emotional…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    Cinema without risk. A director waiving his hands without purpose, barreling through imagery he is unprepared to deal with and settling for cheap shortcuts (the shots with the shoes). What does this have to say about fascism or life under it, its effects on people? It is empty caricature, settling finally on a coming of age story that's maudlin and without distance - forget about everything and dance! Ultimately, Waititi seeks to do two things: redeem those living under fascism…