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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hard to Be a God
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • First Reformed

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  • Ride the High Country

    ★★★½

  • Ad Astra

    ★★★

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★½

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

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  • Ride the High Country

    Ride the High Country

    ★★★½

    You can see a lot the DNA of revisionist westerns to come here. However, I generally like those films more than this. Was never entirely engrossed, from either a writing or aesthetic point of view, but it's a fairly well made example of the "old, tired men" type western. I quite liked the weariness of the ending and the overall moral ambiguousness of basically everyone, but the film missed something a bit intangible in order for me to like it…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★

    In space, no can hear your resting heart rate.

    I'd forgive the bad science if the philosophy and psychology/emotional storytelling weren't so banal and bland. I was never too impressed with Gray as thinker per se, based on the last two movies, and stretched across the largest canvas so far, I have to say the ideas all seem rather thin. The film also has a total identity crisis as it goes back and forth between quiet contemplation to kind of…

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  • Human

    Human

    ★★★

    Formally and thematically unambitious grand-scale documentary filmmaking.

    Maybe I'm too much of a cynic for this. Certainly many of these stories, which are a mixture of tragedies and inspirational tales, are somewhat affecting, but they are ultimately nothing new. We know that this suffering exists. We've heard these stories many times before in various documentaries and news specials. There's a certain ambition involved in the sheer number of people interviewed and in the diversity of subjects, as well as in…

  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★

    Repression is a dangerous thing.

    This was unexpected. Amid all the descriptions given by both the production and critics attending early screenings I actually expected this to be a major departure for Trier. A leap into genre filmmaking with both feet. However, this is very a much a Trier drama film like one comes to expect, only with some of the personal crises of the main character now enhanced by supernatural elements. Definitely not a horror film and I might…