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  • The Souvenir
  • Black Christmas
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Black Narcissus

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  • C'mon C'mon

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Recent reviews

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    One of the ways I know I'm watching a truly great film, a truly tremendous work of art, is that my attention drifts.

    Not in a bored way, no. It's because the film has sparked thoughts, either forcing me to reflect on my own life, or else inspiring me to think how I want to apply what I'm experiencing to me own work. My active mind takes a back seat, like when you're on the highway and you realize that…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Coming at it from the vantage point of an era of blockbuster filmmaking where the "big finales" register as little more than noise, this was oddly refreshing.

    Yates still struggles to nail down big moments that ought to be crowd-pleasers, which sticks out here in a way he was previously able to conceal in his other smaller-scale entries. But the subtler character beats still ring true. As a narrative the film still certainly works.

    Desplat's score is gorgeous, particularly his…

Popular reviews

  • Dune


    I wish I enjoyed it more than I did, but many of Villeneuve's core choices when it comes to look and tone undercut the material's dramatic aims.

    A key element that made film series such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and even Harry Potter sing is the contrast in spaces. All of those series boast scope and operatic drama in spades, but they also anchor themselves in intimacy. In worlds that feel livable, authentically human.

    In The…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    The muddier color grade can't really hold a candle to the rich, glowing depth of Delbonnel's incredible work in Half-Blood Prince, but Part 1 still has more formal discipline than almost any four-quadrant work since.

    Yates struggles with propulsive impact, as always, but his direction really sings in the quieter moments. The Nick Cave number is, of course, the standout. But there are plenty of beats, shots even, that cement this as something special within the series. The central trio…