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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    The presentation as an almost uninterrupted shot as two soldiers race in real time to deliver important orders is only a gimmick if you let yourself get caught up in seeing through the production. Of course you can spot the likely places where the shots have been cut and edited together if you've even a little knowledge of film production, but it's not in service of an empty gimmick.
    If you let yourself enjoy it, you'll be treated to a seamless thriller that benefits from the urgency and tension of its "real time" uninterrupted presentation, captured beautifully by Mendes and Deakins.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    JJ Abrams is a poor storyteller, because all he wants is to show you exciting things that make you happy, and then interrupt that to show you something else that's exciting and will make you happy.

    It would've been a challenge for anyone to conclude a trilogy that had apparently little planning from the outset, but Abrams does a particularly awful job. Nothing makes sense because almost nothing is driven by logical forces in the narrative or character motivations. Abrams…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This is among the most beautiful animated films I’ve seen, funny from start to finish, and I think it draws from comic lore and embraces all of its silliness without making that an obstacle to new viewers.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Yeah, never have twins. Or goats.