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  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Mistress America
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Speed Racer

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  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★½

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    Do you remember when The Avengers came out in 2012, now a full decade ago?

    The narrative going into that summer was that The Dark Knight Rises was the blockbuster to beat. Four years earlier, Christopher Nolan wowed audiences with The Dark Knight and the smart money was on him doing it again. Rises didn’t do as well as The Dark Knight (though it didn’t exactly bomb) first and foremost because it was a worse film. But beyond this, it…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    You'll believe a man can fly.

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  • CODA

    CODA

    ★½

    CODA winning Best Picture would feel like a victory for a certain kind of cultural movement.

    It’s a symbol of the embrace of “comfort food” art, an extension of that which praises Ted Lasso or Paddington 2. It’s endorsed by the kinds of people who say that, in such dark and difficult times, the last thing we want is movies about darkness and difficult things that make you feel bad. What we all (and it’s always presumed everyone is onboard)…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    The violence *hurts* in The Hateful Eight.

    When it was released, I remember a very vocal backlash to its depiction of violence, particularly towards Daisy. Matt Zoller Seitz for RogerEbert.com called it “a profoundly ugly movie—so gleeful in its violence and so nihilistic in its world view that it feels as though the director is daring his detractors to see it as a confirmation of their worst fears about his art.”. Laura Bogart for the same site, negatively comparing it…