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  • Dead Again

    Dead Again


    This is sort of your quintessential Ken Branagh film, just to a nutty extreme, as if Branagh put all his favorite things in a blender on high and it all got a bit muddled in production. It feels like an early film and doesn't harness the preciseness of tone and mood as his other films (this was his second film after Henry V), but I appreciated how willing it was to be eccentric. It has Ken Branagh being somewhat ridiculous…

  • The Duchess

    The Duchess


    Cannot possibly divorce its similarities from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a superior film, though this thankfully does not attempt to mimick her contemporary tone, playing the affair much straighter. This, of course, makes it less remarkable than Coppola's film, though I appreciated the ways this delves into the atrocities of the gender politic of the time, touching on women being denied the right to vote, a woman's inability to keep a lover though it was commonplace for her husband to,…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049


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

    A preface to my review (please read this, thanks): at the beginning and the end of the screener I attended, my fellow critics and I were read a statement by Villenueve (at the beginning) and a list (at the end) of things he requested we not discuss in our reviews about the innerworkings of this film, namely, virtually every major plot point. If I recall correctly, his reasoning was he wished all moviegoers to see this organically, without knowing the…

  • It



    If there's a lingering, vague sense of disappointment regarding this film lurking somewhere in my soul, it's due to the fact that the first half of Muschietti's vision (yes, this is part one of two, dealing with the first time the Losers confront Pennywise while they're still kids--Part 2 will deal with what happens to them as adults) for one of King's most notorious novels comes so fucking close to being perfect, yet that five-star experience slipped through my fingers…