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  • Pan's Labyrinth
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  • Captive State

    ★★★

  • Spellbound

    ★★★½

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    ★★★

  • The Chase

    ★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    Dune appears to be pretty much everything that most fans of the material wanted it to be. The scale feels amazingly huge from the opening frame, and the visuals are out of this world (literally). The cast is diverse, likable, and hugely talented. Most importantly, a shit-ton of sand is involved. How do they keep the floors of the castles and buildings clean??


    Dune is this year's top notch sci-fi fantasy action summer blockbuster that just happened to instead arrive…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    On one hand, it's pretty shocking to see that such a confidently presented and steady film is actually the feature debut for director Darius Marder. On the other hand, it's almost expected that this could be the case when a film feels so unique and fresh. This is a viewing experience so intimate that you might feel almost voyeuristic while watching. This is down to a few things mostly: the cinematography style, a decidedly naturalistic tone that almost feels like…

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  • Captive State

    Captive State

    ★★★

    Captive State is an outstanding example of a pretty decent movie that might have rather been developed as an excellent TV series with the same cast and creator. This intriguing post-apocalypse sociopolitical drama (disguised as an alien invasion film) is directed by Rupert Wyatt, who cut his teeth on similar themes and genre with 2011's superior Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For a massive financial flop that was undermarketed and never really found an audience as a genre-tweener,…

  • Spellbound

    Spellbound

    ★★★½

    Any film directed by Hitchcock and starring Ingrid Bergman & Gregory Peck is going to provide a baseline expectation of being at least decent. You know to expect good direction and talented performances with that lineup, because that is what they pretty much always provided. Of course, nothing that I saw here proved that to be incorrect. So that was my strong starting point with this film, and I would also call out the beautiful and moving score from Miklós Rózsa.…

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