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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    Technically spectacular, but it essentially feels like playing through a video game. The camera is by far the most important character.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★

    This film is fine ... but Rush is superior to it in every way. (I said on my 52 best films of the decade list that I was ride or die for that film and I meant it.)

    I do applaud it for making Henry Ford II the bad guy (or one of them). But the structural gymnastics required to make that happen require the whole thing to be overlong and get frequently bogged down.

    Josh Lucas was both way…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    There isn't anything actually wrong with how it was made, I suppose. I just find the character and most of the dialog to be insufferably smug, nerd-bro fare. I think I chuckled twice. Lightly. Much has been said about Deadpool being progressive, but I didn't find that to be particularly the case. I mean he's not regressive, I guess, although I did find some of his jokes to be questionable on that front. But is it really all that remarkable…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    Probably the smartest film I've seen all year. And certainly one of the most beautiful.

    The way information is layered and truths are revealed, not with the aim of shocking the audience with unexpected twists, but with the aim of riffing philosophically about sex and the patriarchy, is thrilling. Each character detail and perspective takes us further from a simple, but fun, heist story and closer to something emotionally profound.

    And it is funny! So much funnier than I'd anticipated.…