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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    Christopher Nolan is an extraordinarily talented filmmaker, and also his movies are often just plain exhausting. Here he tackles the 1940 evacuation of British troops from France, intertwining three narratives covering different time frames: a British private (Fionn Whitehead) trying to find transport home from the beach at Dunkirk; a British man (Mark Rylance) bringing his private boat across the Channel as part of the conscripted civilian fleet assisting in the evacuation; and a British Spitfire pilot (Tom Hardy) providing…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★½

    Luc Besson has made a career out of writing and/or directing movies that are deeply dumb but often cool-looking enough to be weirdly engaging. Here he takes on a French graphic novel series set 500 years in the future, where government agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevigne) investigate a mysterious threat to a metropolis space station that is home to multiple alien races. Besson makes the clunkiest possible attempt to manufacture a romance between his two protagonists out…

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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter

    ★★★½

    That was an entertaining and informative movie!
    [You must say more.]
    But that's all I really have to say. I'm glad I saw it. It was good.
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    I won't. What if I cause harm to my #brand by just blathering when I've said all I needed to say?
    [Please continue to say more.]
    WE ARE FINISHED HERE.

  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash

    ★★★★

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

    I did a short capsule thing if you want the basics without spoilers; it is here for your enjoyment and edification.

    Now, below, we got SPOILERS, and you are hereby warned.
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    I really wish I had time & an assignment to write 1,000 words simply on the way music is used in Ricki and the Flash. I'm not just talking about the performances, or how Demme directs them; the "Drift Away" scene in particular has plenty of people…