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  • The Wind Rises
  • Jaws
  • The Man Who Planted Trees

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  • The Empty Man

    ★★★★

  • Mainstream

    ★★

  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    ★★★★

  • The New World

    ★★★★★

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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    The shivery, dread-inducing offspring of David Fincher and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, THE EMPTY MAN is one of those genuine head-scratchers somehow conceived within the studio system but that was probably always destined to enter the world as a lost gem. It's a real shame that this was lost amid the Disney/Fox merger and then almost completely buried upon its lackluster release during the pandemic - I don't even remember seeing a single ad for it at all. Had a distributor like…

  • Mainstream

    Mainstream

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

    Sorta admirable for trying to be A FACE IN THE CROWD for Generation TikTok but winds up feeling entirely toothless. It's not just the tired "Internet = Dangerous" punchline, but that so much of it comes across as hollow and out of touch. For one, who on earth is the audience for the faux game-show concept that Garfield, Hawke and Wolff's characters cook up in an age of vlogs and podcasts? It's like someone made a movie about YouTube and…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Wildly ambitious and admirable, but ultimately frustrating and exhausting. This is very much the director of THE DARK KNIGHT and INTERSTELLAR doing his own version of PRIMER. Take that however you'd like.

    Like INCEPTION, it's a film of mechanics and logistics, and like MEMENTO, there's a vague structural resemblance to an ouroboros, but it lacks the energy and mystery of either of them -- especially the way that INCEPTION piecemeals out the various machinations of dreamsharing without losing the forward…

  • Soul

    Soul

    Loved this to pieces. It bounces around the same playground of worlds inside of worlds that Pete Docter has previously explored, and it'll no doubt get knocked around for structural similarities to INSIDE OUT, but I'd make the case that it could easily be viewed as a sequel or at the very least, a natural extension from it rather than a kind of copycat. If that film is about the reconciling of sadness and the vital role it plays in…