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  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★½

    What a mess this is, and such a shame as it offered Richard Zanuck a chance to return to the franchise he began at 20th Century Fox. I mean, I get it – Tim Burton is relishing his opportunities to do as many Burtonesque things with the apes as he can, but it makes everything silly. It's not all bad – I enjoy some of the ape casting. Tim Roth. Michael Clark Duncan. Paul Giamatti. David Warner. Even Charlton Heston's…

  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    I love it more every time I watch it.

    For my full review, tune in to The Next Reel's podcast here.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.

    I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.

    Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.

    Great film.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    Ergh. (That's for you, Chris.)

    What happened here? Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. A ridiculously talented cast. A ridiculously talented crew.

    I love McCarthy's books and 2 of his movie adaptations. Maybe I should blame him for a nonsensical, overly talky story? There were so many monologues, I actually began hoping someone would finally say, "Oh, you caught me monologuing!"

    There were a few great scenes, but those paired with the rest didn't add up to a cohesive story. Not to…