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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Parasite
  • Hereditary

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  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Kate

    ★★★

  • Cat People

    ★★★½

  • Censor

    ★★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    There is one, significant, glaring problem with Dune. It doesn't feel like a fully story. Given that it's half of the first novel, and Denis Villenueve originally wanted to shoot these films back to back, we know it's one half of a story. It's a bit hard to give a rating to something that is obviously just half a story. I'm giving it four stars. If this had been a full movie, carrying through its full story at this quality,…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    Pretty by the numbers, nothing at all surprising here. Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes it work, and some decent action directing keeps it from being boring. We've seen this story a few hundred times, but if we're going to get another film based on this general premise, at least it's someone as good as MEW in the lead.

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

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

    In watching this again, it seems the high expectations and the rabid fandom of the Alien franchise did Prometheus a disservice. I remember it seeming like the prevailing sentiment about Ridley Scott's return to the franchise was a disappointment, but this is a solid film, with some good scared, some of the kind of big idea science fiction usually reserved for novels, and strong performances from a stellar cast. 

    The expansion of the mythology with The Engineers, and what we…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    Watched this recently with someone who hadn't seen it before. I don't like it anymore or any less now that more time has passed. It is kind of screwed up when the character who killed his wife is one of the most sympathetic leads in your filmography. Scorcese's entire career in fiction is basically the study of the very broken aspects of traditional masculinity. Teddy Daniels is broken by more than just the norms of masculinity running up against capitalism…