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  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★½

    Maybe if Besson and crew didn't tether this gilded and unwieldy extravagance to two lackluster leads/characters this movie could be much more than a visual feast. Or maybe Besson shouldn't give his actors a 600 page summary of every alien race to act against and expect them to nail their own individual parts. I dunno.

    All of the guns, the creative designs and Rihanna's insane flexibility give this movie a solid star rating above what it probably should be.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Summer fun for the whole family!

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch presents his greatest stride, giving us a surrealist pop dream that is as irresistible as it is confounding, raising a huge middle finger to Hollywood conventions while never compromising entertainment. Perhaps what the movie accomplishes best is the feeling of unease and disorientation - the camera twists and turns as much as layered plot and the constant dichotomy of tone never gives a comfortable dwelling. For every tender or erotic moment there is an underlying distortion, giving a…

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★½

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    Film #1 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge!

    Task #1 : Film featuring reincarnation!

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    As a huge fan of David Mitchell's style-driven, genre-smashing novel Cloud Atlas, I was hesitant about this film. How would the Wachowski's match Mitchell's penchant for capturing the different stories and ages through his use of language? And how would they wrap six vastly different, tangentially related stories into a single cohesive film?

    Well they did it, and the result is fantastic. Six stories…