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  • The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★½

  • Pete's Dragon

    ★★

  • Sunshine

    ★★★½

  • The Legend of Drunken Master

    ★★★★

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

    Stanley Kubrick's Vertigo. In which a formal maestro, the world's biggest movie star and the blonde of America's dreams come together to respect the 'Cock with a story about the impossibility of taming lust and envy and the extremes to which we can subconsciously and actively chase our own desires. Cruise, like everyone else, is in top form as this story's Alice pulping his own psyche as he savagely thrashes through the rabbit hole. Kidman, playing a character named Alice,…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    A soulful and unconventional character drama about finding a space where you can foster happiness amid the mess of the world. Everything is a front, and everyone is just trying to get by. It's hard as hell to let go and hard as hell to move on, so forgive everyone, including yourself. Cage turns in some of his best and most subtle work, and Wolff matches him step for step. If you go in with an open mind, the film will reward you with one of the most moving cinematic experiences of the year. Hug your pets, savor the wine.

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  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    ★★

    In spite of a strong precedent for films in which a child befriends a fantastic beast and comes into conflict with agents of the real, adult world, Pete's Dragon neither rises to that level nor finds an identity of its own to stand on. It is, plus or minus a Jungle Book, a high watermark of these 2010s Disney remakes, well shot, well edited, in some ways well directed. But the script leaves a lot to be desired, being rooted…

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★½

    Concept heavy genre writer with pathos, extremely divisive weirdo third acts, sometimes even a beach where weird shit happens. It's Alex Garland's world, and we're just living in it.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Christopher Nolan is here to save cinema as we know it the only way he knows how, and in a way only his most fanatical devotees could love - an expensive looking, action-stuffed James Bond pastiche with funky video game mechanics. This movie has exactly two modes: ceaseless exposition and loud, convoluted setpieces, yet no matter how didactically it explains its physics to you, the mechanics never come close to making sense. It's horribly apropos that a third of the…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

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    Finally, someone made a history of Hollywood picture for acerbic word nerds. David Fincher's Mank, if it is a sign of the quality of the director's forthcoming partnership with Netflix, gives an astonishingly optimistic outlook for the future. Brilliantly cut and shot, this is the best film of the year. It is a remarkable technical achievement that in a just world would compete for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Lead Actor, Cinematography and most crucially Sound Mixing and…