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  • Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer

    ★★★

    Revisiting in anticipation of part 2. Errol Morris still wore it best.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    I love the detail near the end of the film where Damien Chazelle casts Stanley Tucci as Stanley Kubrick while he directed Neil Armstrong on a soundstage in Burbank for the moon landing. Blink and you'll miss it. Yes, it's a controversial choice, but one with a lot of emotional resonance. Ryan Gosling sells the moment perfectly in his most layered performance to date: it's a real *wink wink* I'm in a movie I'm not in a movie kinda deal.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a lot of things you might not expect from a late year “prestige” film. It’s an experiential intimate drama centered on a small story where sensory details matter as much as plot. It’s a catapult for young star Timothée Chalamet (who also shines in this year’s LADY BIRD) and a reinvigoration for Armie Hammer (who feels more at home here than he does in most of his recent attempts at mainstream leading man flicks).…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    The American blockbuster encourages prolonged adolescence in a way that's become tiresome. Maybe it's because the target demographic for blockbusters is supposedly adolescent males; maybe it's because the PG-13 rating mandated by most blockbusters requires filmmakers and studios to enter an adolescent state of mind to make something appealing to families; or maybe it's because culturally, we have entered a state of mind akin to collective arrested development. Whatever the reason, the American blockbuster is now comprised almost entirely of…