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  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • The Holiday

    ★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    ★★★★★

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    There's a shot in The Departed during the foot chase — just after Billy looks into the wind chime mirror and sees his and Sullivan's reflections intermingling, becoming one— where Leonardo DiCaprio steps into frame and is blasted in red, white, and blue light. It ends with his face obscured in darkness, and I'm not sure there's a single shot in the film that better encapsulates one of the film's core themes: loss of identity in service to the American…

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★★

    Excalibur feels practically Biblical. It's like some kind of fucked-up divine vision crossed with a moralizing fairy tale, encompassing the grand sweep of the entire Arthurian mythos. What I initially saw as a weakness of the film, now feels to me like one of its greatest and most unique strengths. By charting Arthur's entire existence, from his conception until his death, there's just no time for dawdling. Every single scene feels iconographic in nature, something you'd see portrayed in stained…

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    I'll take it over Spectre if only because Craig actually seems awake, and it looks a lot nicer. The action beats are terrific, if fleeting, but the laborious runtime does the film's hilariously scattershot story no favors. A breezy, rapid pace seems the ideal way to paper over the seams in something as nonsensical and reliant on absurd coincidence as No Time To Die; instead, it dwells on every draggy scene for far too long, and mostly strives for a…

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★

    For a romantic comedy I find The Holiday neither romantic nor particularly amusing, but there's definite charm to be found in the trio of winning performances from Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Eli Wallach.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

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

    For me the greatest joy of Tenet was the feeling of watching a movie do something totally new. The manner of time travel here is, on its face, so stupidly basic (often we're just watching footage played backwards) and yet in practice it's such an awe-inspiring delight that independent of anything else, this film was a great success just based on the staggering thrill of watching these mechanics play out.

    When the hero walks out that door into a world…

  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★★

    It remains one of Carpenter's more uneven golden-age films, as well as more explicable and less nightmarish than the Italian "gates of Hell" movies that helped inspire it.

    And yet, somehow, it remains just about my favorite horror film ever.