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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    Robert Eggers’ first picture was The Witch, a film about the danger of isolation in the face of terrifying external forces and the best horror film of the decade. His second film is The Lighthouse. It is not the best horror film of the decade, but it is, like its older sibling, a glimpse into the horror of isolation through a lens of an Old English folk tale. Here, however, the evil powers that assail and terrify come not from…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Roger Ebert once said that “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” In other words: length is not indicative of quality, but together, the two get along just fine.

    Few names are as ubiquitous with lengthy runtimes as Martin Scorsese, who, since the 1970s, has been making films that sometimes feel as if they’re still unfolding to this day (nine of his feature films, for instance, wrap up beyond the two-hour and forty-minute mark).…

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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    In addition to being both the funniest film ever made and a perfect entry in/parody of the neo-noir genre, this just has to go and be the most thematically complex picture of the Coens’ entire filmography, doesn’t it? 

    (The Coen Canon, 7/18)

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★½

    “People need the little stamps.”

    I remember reading a review of this film once that said the easiest way to upset a film critic was to ask him what Fargo was about. This confused me at the time, and it confuses me now. Back then I assumed I just wasn’t smart enough to understand what the film was really about, or even understand exactly what I was supposed to be confused by. I realize now if the review actually had…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    “But until then... just hang in there.”

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

    There’s a 2001 joke in this movie, which is surprising. Even more surprising is that this ending is quite possibly more totally bewildering than that one.

    First impression is that Toy Story 4 pretty dramatically undermines everything its three predecessors nail so wonderfully, and that’s not a good thing. Forky is obviously unparalleled cinema, but I was left feeling a little like a lost toy. I’ll be scratching my head over this one for a while.

    UPDATE: Read my full review here.