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Robert Eggers manages to pull off a truly ambitious big-budget original film, balancing out acid-tinged mythology with the carnage we've come to expect from the viking genre. The Northman gets to the core of being held captive to certain myths even when reality is plainly in contention with them. All of the performances worked well here- Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård are especially great on the boat- but Claes Bang is a total star. My only gripe is that Amleth's…
Lin Manuel Miranda could have had something truly interesting and subversive here if the explicit purpose of Hamilton wasn't to shore up the legacy of (if not outright worship) his main character. There's no attempt to explore the slavery topic of course, because if it did that would require making its intended audience slightly uncomfortable. Throughout the narrative, there are windows of opportunity to cleverly contend with the legacy of complicated historical figures but doing so would implicate all the…
Malcolm & Marie opens with Marie fixing boxed mac & cheese, which is apt-- director Sam Levinson's latest effort is the film equivalent to serving your dinner guests a generic stovetop meal, trying to convince them it's gourmet, and then getting angry at them for not believing you.
The spectre of great filmmaking looms over Malcolm & Marie, and Levinson invokes it both directly (Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing) and indirectly (Woody Allen's Manhattan and John Cassavetes' Faces). Levinson has convinced…