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  • Deep Blue Sea

    Deep Blue Sea

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Despite the initial talk of regenerative neuro-therapy, this crude piece of religious allegory wages an apocalypse on intelligence - picking off each member of the scientific community one by one until only the god-fearing shark wrangler and bible-bashing cook prevail, proving only the supremacy of one dumb killing machine over another.

  • Serpico

    Serpico

    ★★★★½

    One of America's most devoted method actors and one of cinema's finest moralists with a true tale that plays to both of their strengths.

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  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like his contemporary Herzog does when mining the historical record, Malick commits the film's team of craftsmen and performers to a high standard of naturalism while favoring a more poetic standard of "ecstatic truth" for the story itself - retaining the fictional romance between Pocahontas and John Smith in telling the story of America's colonisation.
    At first, this romantic anachronism continues Malick's character study from The Thin Red Line - an American soldier discovering his peaceful nature in the course…

  • Straight Time

    Straight Time

    ★★★★★

    One of the most compelling and relatable anti-hero masterpieces from the American golden age.
    Dustin Hoffman is lean and commanding like a long-distance runner in a never-ending race - articulating the puzzling contradictions of his character with codified restraint, the dramatic potential of his micro-expressions thoroughly mined by beautiful long-lens cinematography. And as long lenses track and imprison him in the chaotic depth of real-world locations, the story action does the work of answering questions raised by Hoffman's suggestions.