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  • High and Low
  • Tropical Malady
  • The Tree of Life
  • Napoleon

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  • Moonraker

    ★★★½

  • Filming Othello

    ★★★½

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    ★★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★½

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★

    Befuddling and messy, but not in an inviting way. The kind of movie that makes you go "huh, okay..." before you just move on with your day.

    A lot of character decisions and motivations seem almost entirely in service of Peele's central metaphor of image-making and spectacle in the modern age. They do not, however, serve the surface-level reality Peele is attempting to create here. Case in point: the incredibly-named, incredibly-voiced, enigmatic cinematographer character who spends the whole movie spouting…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    “I'm thinking maybe I'd like to try me some of that cuh-caine”

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    So we're at the point where the early 2000s can be a source of nostalgia? Because I'm all in.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★½

    A disappointment. Starts with a bang - a pretty brilliant opening act that culminates in as shocking a moment I've seen in a long time. From here until the halfway point, Hereditary is a viscerally uncomfortable examination of grief, guilt and the horrors of the family dynamic. Then, Toni Collette flips through one of her mom's books, finds some disturbing truths out and, just like that, all of the air lets out of the sails. The rest of the film's…