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  • 7 Days in Entebbe

    7 Days in Entebbe

    This modern take on the famous 1976 Entebbe showdown was widely disliked by critics but it's better than it is getting credit for. It seems to have frustrated the intelligensia by sidestepping an exploration of Middle Eastern politics to focus instead on how differing philosophies complicate things at all levels - between the politicians, the soldiers, even the terrorists. This is actually what makes the film interesting, with script and direction maintaining a nice balance between narrative tension and philosophical debate. Performances are uniformly strong, with Bruhl, Pike and Marsan being the standouts.

  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    Watchable but never really compelling. JL struggles with her accent and a script that confuses putting its protagonist through endless suffering and double-crosses for character development. The romantic spy/spy subplot is too dull and familiar to generate sparks and the pile-up of plot reversals ultimately becomes numbing. The direction is slick but impersonal, which is odd for a film this brutal, and the end result feels like a season's worth of high-end t.v. pared down to a choppy, overtly schematic…

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  • mother!


    The multiplex filmgoing event of the year for me: it was a rare thrill to see something this wild, willfully weird and confrontational in a general audience setting at the local mall. Aronofsky uses all the tools of modern Hollywood filmmaking and the language of horror cinema to assault the audience and he does so with a sure, steady hand from start to finish. Maybe gets a bit literal with his metaphors at the very end but his work is…

  • My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine

    The sturdiest of all classic-era slashers, with a well-constructed script that keeps the mystery going up to the final moments and an effective blend of suspense and drama. The adult characters are a nice break from the typical teenage protagonists, the romantic triangle subplot is better-drawn than usual and the mining town setting gives it a believable, lived-in blue collar vibe. The direction is also strong, with a convincingly creepy atmosphere and a strong final half-hour that culminates in one…