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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★

    Rides its lurid, campy material all the way to the top, balancing delightful black humor and a true commitment to this most soap opera-y of stories. And yes, it’s gorgeous. This is camp that has found a way to be arch and hilarious while still not winking the entire time. It’s quite a ride.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

    Most of the pleasures herein come from visual inventiveness and less on the charm and personality that was so surprising the first time around amidst the perception of MCU films becoming increasingly cookie-cutter, but the charm sorta dissipates here as its more of the same. Some storylines work better than others, the irreverent humor still lands most of the time, and the ultimate conflict is kind of a dud (but that’s to be expected). It’s still a good amount of fun at the theater, and any time I can see Michael Rooker is a good time.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Next

    Next

    ★★

    The shot of Nic Cage looking at Jessica Biel when the kid says, “he looks at you the way my brother looks at his girlfriend” belongs in the Louvre. Throw out the Mona Lisa. Throw it all out. We have reached the top.