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  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★

    Franco is great, but so what?  At least now I never need to see THE ROOM.

  • Novitiate

    Novitiate

    ★★★

    The old Evangelical saw of “no church scenes/no altar calls” is disproved by this; amazing scenes of vocation.  Loved the shot of the novitiates celebrating their marriages around a fire like the giddy young women they were.  Totally agree with whoever said Melissa Leo’s mother is the real protagonist, and the film would have been better if it’d known that.  Film loses itself when the crucifix falls off the wall at an opportune moment.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    Docked a half-star for the digital bastardizations of two human faces.  If I wanted to see a video game I'd play video games.  It smacks of a dearth of filmmaking imagination.  Think of how much more effective the end would have been if you'd only seen Leia's back and heard her voice.  It's an even better alternative now, post-Carrie Fisher's death.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★½

    Driving away from the theater, I told Nostalgia Me and my daughter Virginia, “Well, we’ll always have MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.”  Later, it occurred to me that if the original is any precedent, there are at least two more cuts of the film forthcoming.  Maybe one with a more focused narrative and less characters, I hope.