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  • Hawkeye

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  • Red Notice

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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  • Dune

    Dune

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    Watched this on the biggest screen available to me, the IMAX at a local AMC, which let me tell you is not nothing given I don't have a car and had to Uber both ways. I'm glad I did, though - for all the bellyaching by internet types about how obsolete and unnecessary the theatrical experience is, this really is the kind of film that's best enjoyed with the sound booming so loud you can feel it in your bones,…

  • Tea and Sympathy

    Tea and Sympathy

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    A complex and often riveting film about repression and masculinity. Shocking, in some respects, that it was made in 1956; in other respects, not so much. Based on a play, Tea and Sympathy treats its subject with nuance and gravity, and even the necessary concessions to the time - such as switching up the inciting incident to be less overtly sexual in nature - end up enriching the story by compounding the potential metaphorical ramifications. (Now it's about not only…

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  • Hawkeye

    Hawkeye

    Enjoying this so far. Episode 1 was solid, Episode 2 was much better. The dynamic between Hawkeye and the Hawkguy is exactly right - taking inspiration from one of the most celebrated recent comics runs means was very obviously a wise move. Jeremy Renner continues to be a surprising MCU standout, fully embodying Clint's weariness. He just wants to go home for Christmas! Hailee Steinfeld is a fabulous addition to this universe, and I can't wait to see her Kate…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

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    Oof, not for me. Watched mostly for Garfield, who is very good, but he's stuck in a very slow movie about and for former theater kids. Some songs are catchy (30/90 is a bop) but some are just ... like, did we really need a whole musical number about how busy the diner is? (I recognized a handful of faces, so I presume I was supposed to be marveling at Theater Royalty instead of listening the to lyrics during that…

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  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

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    Dare you dare you double dare you

    I've seen Silent Hill a number of times - this is probably my fourth or fifth viewing - and every time, I'm reminded of its inherent contradictions. On the one hand, the dialogue and the performances are often wooden, the exposition is mind-numbing, and the Sean Bean scenes, forced on director Christophe Gans by the studio, are dull as dishwater (his original conception of an all-female cast sounds much more interesting, and indeed,…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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    I miss Sally Menke. I will not pretend to understand exactly what she brought to Quentin Tarantino's filmography - I have only fuzzy ideas of what an editor does and how he/she does it. I could not describe to you the rhythm of a scene or a film, except to say that I can feel when it is off. And Tarantino, when he was working with Menke, was never off.

    His films since her passing have had a shaggy, shapeless…