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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    I accidentally pressed play on this during my lunch break and then could get nothing accomplished until I finished it.

    It starts off interestingly enough with director Bryan Fogel's attempt to best his Haute Route performance through doping but when Fogel essentially stumbles right splat in the middle of the Russian doping scandal, things go from weird to downright crazy.

    A fascinating watch. Also a black mark on the IOC and their scandalous decision to allow the Russian team to compete even though the findings all point to a government sanctioned doping scheme.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    Matt Reeves closes off this franchise with great movie which feels like it falls somewhere between The Great Escape and a Planet of the Apes movie.

    The introducion of Nova makes for a rather weak showdown as far as The Colonel is concerned but the movie doesn't miss any of the emotional beats. Andy Serkis continues to impress but the standout for me is Karin Konoval as Maurice.

    The choice to have Caesar speak so much in this installment actually…

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

    I’ve liked, though not always enjoyed. Lars von Trier’s offerings over the past few years but for some reason, likely the combination of length and expectation, Melancholia escaped me. With his new film due for festival runs this winter, the time seemed ripe to catch up with his 2011 offering. Why did I wait so long?

    Undeniably beautiful, Melancholia is also my favourite of von Trier’s works. It’s his exploration of a woman suffering through depression on her wedding day…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    I have a few issues with it - namely the motivation behind one of the central moments in the 3rd act and a too-long action sequence - but otherwise, it's a total lovefest.

    At one point, I was so joyously happy, I even got a little teary-eyed.