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  • Mind Game
  • House
  • Do the Right Thing
  • The Wind Rises

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  • Short Cuts

    ★★★★

  • The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★

  • The Circus

    ★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

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  • Cats

    Cats

    ★★★★★

    THE JELLICLE FILM MANIFESTO

    Still one of the most delightfully ambitious, affectionate, gag-a-minute feelgood movies I’ve seen in ages. So wonderfully strange and earnest. I do have a couple significant objections (the racist way the film deploys the featured dancers of Les Twins, the decision to keep both “fat cat” songs in their entirety and add more adlibs from them, the particular placement of Beautiful Ghosts leading to a pretty long downer segment that undercuts Gus the Theater Cat) and…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    My fiancè tells a story about this guy she helped on the customer service line at work. This guy had his dues set to be paid at the end of the month, and he said, “oh, great! i have a surgery set two days prior.” she offered to set a delayed due date and he said, “no, no, i’m just hoping i die on the table. 73 is too long. after 66, it’s just burying people you love. so, yeah, we’ll see what happens!”

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  • Short Cuts

    Short Cuts

    ★★★★

    in many ways, this ends up feeling like a highly overqualified soap opera, basically a cavalcade of interconnected sex and violence with some mild class commentary on its edges. obviously, the cast is what leads to the feeling of overqualification, because most of the cast is fucking excellent. sure, there are a few broad performances, but most of them feel connected and measured enough to elevate the material, and the broad performances tend to wake you up.

    the other effective…

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★

    maybe i just never watch a franchise film post-2010 ever again, jan de bont/mctiernan goated

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  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    "I am beginning to think this whole expedition was a mistake."

    Me too, Brad. Me too.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Ex Machina is simultaneously a film of this moment and a film which can last beyond it; its concerns about the objectification and domestication of women, its depiction of the hypermasculine domestication by web technologists of its consumers, and its concerns about levity in a time of moral panic all should hold some resonance for many years and spin from our very current concerns. One of the better dramas of the last several years, Ex Machina has that special touch…