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  • Jaws
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Children of Men
  • Drive

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  • Proxima

    ★★★

  • King Rat

    ★★★½

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    ★★★

  • On Dangerous Ground

    ★★½

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Far and away, the best movie I've seen so far this year. While I'm not Deaf or HoH, muscular dystrophy has taught me many similar lessons relating to inexorably losing almost every single ability I once had, including those that seemed to define me as a person. This movie captures so many complicated emotions so well, and does so while never forsaking authenticity for the siren song of melodrama, that I felt spoken to in the best possible way long before it finally, inevitably exploded the idea of the cure narrative.

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  • Proxima

    Proxima

    ★★★

    An innocuous almost-sci-fi-but-not-quite-because-it's-really-about-familial-and/or-emotional-strife movie that stands a few inches above its contemporaries simply because it is innocuous rather than actively annoying. I almost forgot to write this review. Take from that what you will.

  • King Rat

    King Rat

    ★★★½

    Another successful entry in the canon of movies where POWs do whatever it takes to survive. Not sure why this one isn't as celebrated as some of its peers, but it's certainly just as good.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    After thinking (and arguing about) this one for the last few days, I think I've finally figured out why audience response to it has been so bipolar: they're watching and reacting to two different movies.

    On the surface, we have a somewhat incoherent, largely ineffective space opera with some craft issues that may feature some pretty pictures and the occasional moment of brilliance, but is largely a narrative wet fart. Aborted character development, pointless sequences, flat humor, poor editing, and…