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  • Ad Astra

    ★★★★

  • Kate

    ★★★

  • About Endlessness

    ★★★

  • Casino Royale

    ★★★★

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    I really want this to be a 5 star masterpiece, but it either never quite gets there, or perhaps it gets there several times, but then implodes soon after bringing it back to the 4 star camp.

    The later would be more narratively synchronistic. Brad Pitt plays an astronaut whose father is a celebrated galactic explorer and planetary hero. The father casts a hugh, pitch black shadow for Pitt to live in. IN order for his father, as played by…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    It is a bit reductive to describe this film as Crank meets John Wick, with ladies, in Japan. But that doesn't mean is isn't an accurate description.

    Kate, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is a Hanna-esque killer. But instead of being raised as a survivor like Hanna, Kate was raised by Woody Harrelson (under false pretenses) to be an assassin. She is a professional hit-woman.

    One day she is assigned a job, but when it comes time to pull the…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★

    I know this will not be a popular opinion, but I did not like this film.

    I found it a crushingly ponderous existential meditation.

    The film's plot is about a man who is a "stalker". This means that he is a bit of a tour guide to a location or realm called "the zone". The Zone is explained in the film, but only vaugely. We know it is supposed to be a place where wishes come true. The stalker is…

  • Garden State

    Garden State

    ★★★

    Oppressive.

    Take every bad review that you have ever read about a Wes Anderson film and apply it to this movie. This is quirk for quirks sake.

    A lot has been said about the great soundtrack. I agree, the music on the soundtrack is fantastic. I also feel the same thing about the soundtrack from the film DAZED AND CONFUSED. And I also feel that both soundtracks are obvious and overwhelming.

    This movie drowns in its mise-en-scène. It has a…