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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★

    LANTHIMOS: Hey! Want a cute, quirky premise?

    GENERAL AUDIENCE: Yeah!

    LANTHIMOS: How about this. People turn into animals if they don’t fall in love, but —

    GENERAL AUDIENCE: Okay!

    LANTHIMOS: But, but — now I’m going to follow this premise and its rules to a very horrific, bitter, and inevitable conclusion. And then I’m going to rub your nose in it. Because you’re complicit. Understand?

    GENERAL AUDIENCE: …

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    As Pauline Kael said in her original review of The Godfather, “The best popular movies come out of a merger of commerce and art.” It’s been a while since we’ve had one this big and this good, and it restores my hope in Movies with a capital M.

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  • Lemon

    Lemon

    ★★½

    An interesting movie to dissect because almost every scene, in isolation, works. Strung together, it’s clear something is lacking in the script — a problem having to do with perspective and pacing. Scenes begin and end with laboriously vibrant moments that aren’t motivated by character or story.

    I love movies constructed like charm bracelets, but this one is tedious. Some moments are great, but they’ll be better enjoyed as YouTube clips. That said, Michael Cera’s hair makes up for everything.