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  • The Black Stallion

    ★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Vice

    ★★

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★

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  • The Black Stallion

    The Black Stallion

    ★★½

    This is the kind of film that parents think their kids will love, and which looks, on paper, like a classic for the ages. Boy plus horse plus adventure story and lush scenery and cinematography should equal a classic, but it really doesn't. For all its virtues, and there are many, this picture is really hollow at its core.

    I was taken to see this when I was 7 years old. I vaguely recall liking it, and certainly understanding while…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I'm a huge fan of the 1984 David Lynch film, and I've read the book, which is largely incomprehensible but still enjoyable. My expectations for this were fairly low but the film managed to exceed them and left me quite excited about the second part of the story. Timothee Chalamet, one of my favorite actors, is excellent as Paul Atreides, and the rest of the supporting cast is equally good, especially Javier Bardem and Sharon Duncan-Brew who I think should…

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  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★★★

    "Gangs of New York" is the greatest film made in the 21st century so far. I know that's a tall statement that absolutely no one who reads this review will agree with. It blew me away when I first saw it more than 17 years ago, and I avoided watching it for the last few years thinking, "It won't hold up." Guess what? Not only does it hold up, it got even better in the intervening years.

    The plot is…

  • The King

    The King

    ★★★★★

    Amazing film on so many levels, and an introduction to Shakespeare for a new generation. I can't think a movie that could be better suited for my quirky tastes: a historical period piece with battle scenes and sword-wielding guards in armor, but it's also got Timothee Chalamet in scantily clad bed scenes in the first 20 minutes. I mean, how could you ask for more than that?

    The performances here are excellent. Chalamet is perfect as the young Henry V…