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  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

  • Suspiria

    ★★★★½

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  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★★

    Among the great film debut's in history, the release of Badlands in 1973 firmly established the career of one of cinema's greatest auteurs, Terrence Malick. Seeing it a second time nearly a year after the first, I was no less invested in every scene, every shot, every word. I was reminded how wonderfully alive each moment of the film is, how much detail has been poured into every element. The great films do this -- as we re-watch them, the…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    I do not know that I have ever seen a film which fell apart so frustratingly, and so disappointingly, as Edgar Wright's newest, Last Night in Soho. On the heels of a remarkable first act, in which Wright seems to be in total mastery of his craft, Last Night in Soho inexplicably gets lost in its own left turns and devolves into something that feels a near parody of "Edgar Wright does horror." This is the sort of film that…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    The French Dispatch is perhaps the Wes Anderson film that most consciously attempts to veer into the avant-garde and art-house cinema world. It is, first and foremost, a work of visual art. And it is as self-conscious about that approach as it could possibly be, essentially forcing us as viewers to take note of every frame, camera movement, and color scheme. While a part of me admires Wes's ambition, just as I always have, another, and yes, bigger, part of…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    Nomadland, much like Parasite and Portrait of a Lady On Fire before it, simply has the bad luck of being a film that could never live up to the hype that engulfs it. Certainly it is a pretty good film, at times beautiful, at times moving, but a great one? That receives a strong no vote from me. I suppose the difference is that the reviews I saw on this site were a bit less raving than with those other…

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    ★★★

    Now here is a film that falls into that "12 Angry Men" category -- the type of film that, with its clever structural milieu and "deep themes," practically begs audiences to scream about its genius. In this case this goes not only for Letterbox users, even Ebert wrote a great movie review for this film where he gushes over it as if its one of the best things he's ever seen. In the case of this film what we get…