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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    But if fortune favors us and we get a Logan Luckier, that film should put Mellie in the lead role. Her character is the West Virginia counterpart to Marisa Tomei’s My Cousin Vinny character, deceptively well-adjusted with a strong command of her fashion choices, her sexuality, and manual transmissions. Her brothers never question her driving ability or knowledge, and even Bobbie seems to respect her, even if it is out of fear. The film doesn’t spend as much time on…

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★★

    Wind River made me think back to The Hateful Eight, and not just for meteorological reasons. Specifically the monologue by Tim Roth’s character, who is posing as an executioner. “The man who pulls the lever that breaks your neck will be a dispassionate man. And that dispassion is the very essence of justice. For justice delivered without dispassion is always in danger of not being justice.” He’s contrasting civilized justice from frontier justice, and despite the films being set over…

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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★★

    An excellent adventure fable. The least complex Laika film to date, but no less rewarding. Gorgeous animation and a well-crafted story. It feels huge while being intimate.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★★

    Love, love, love.

    The effect of these designs is that Valerian feels more immersive than any spectacle-driven science fiction film of the past few years. There is so much to look at and experience within the film which just wouldn’t have been possible in earlier filmmaking eras. Yes, there is a digital sheen over everything, but Besson and his designers embrace that as an aesthetic choice. Everything here looks like a cartoon come to life, and is the first film since the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer to fully embrace the unreal possibilities of digital worlds.

    Full review for Cinedelphia.