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  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Vice

    ★★

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    ★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I'm a huge fan of the 1984 David Lynch film, and I've read the book, which is largely incomprehensible but still enjoyable. My expectations for this were fairly low but the film managed to exceed them and left me quite excited about the second part of the story. Timothee Chalamet, one of my favorite actors, is excellent as Paul Atreides, and the rest of the supporting cast is equally good, especially Javier Bardem and Sharon Duncan-Brew who I think should…

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★

    This is a mildly interesting political statement, but it just doesn't work as a film. The problem is that the film has a subject, but no story. It's not the story of Dick Cheney's rise to power. It's not the story of the things he did once in power. It's not the story of how he lost his influence. It's not even really the story of his life, though what narrative structure the film has pretends on some level to…

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  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★★★

    "Gangs of New York" is the greatest film made in the 21st century so far. I know that's a tall statement that absolutely no one who reads this review will agree with. It blew me away when I first saw it more than 17 years ago, and I avoided watching it for the last few years thinking, "It won't hold up." Guess what? Not only does it hold up, it got even better in the intervening years.

    The plot is…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    This is one of the greatest films ever made, and it's so incredibly simple...a bunch of guys in a room. The performances are painfully poignant. Set aside Henry Fonda, who is probably never better in his career. Edward Binns, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Robert Webber...were they ever better than in this intellectual courtroom drama? The broad themes of justice, fairness and what it means to be an American play out on a very small stage. Few movies ever made are this perfect. I revisit this film again and again. It's a masterpiece.