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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★½

    About as idiosyncratic, stylized, and wacky as these things are likely to get. Johnson really doubles down on the the original’s Kurosawa influences (lotta rain, cinders, and chanbara-style sword fighting here) and the hoodoo mysticism of the Force. (There are points where this almost threatens to turn into “John Boorman’s Star Wars.”) The action scenes—both of the Star Destroyer and light saber varieties—are some of the best in the series.

  • The Last Face

    The Last Face

    Felt afterward like I should formally apologize to all of the art, cinema, etc. I could have given the 2+ hours I wasted on this unenjoyably shitty movie.

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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant

    ★★★★★

    No one's written the Great American Novel yet, but James Gray went ahead and made a movie out of it anyway.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★★★★

    Simply gorgeous. Takes wuxia, the most over-played genre in Chinese film, and makes it seem completely alien without subverting any of its gestures or values.