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  • The Queen

    The Queen

    "So you want a realistic, down to earth monarchy that's completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots."

  • Ripley Under Ground

    Ripley Under Ground

    Doug Liman’s The Derwatt Identity, a staggeringly slapdash Highsmith adaptation about throwing together a slapdash impersonation/forgery con with the world’s dumbest art hoes. It’s by no means the neatest of Highsmith’s plots but she solved a lot of problems by picking up the Derwatt con in medias res, rather than trying to do what this movie does by setting up all the characters plus the outlandish plot business in the first fifteen minutes. My heart hurts for Dafoe, the only well-cast…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

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

    The point in Tenet where your brain gives up trying to understand the plot or decipher dialogue (muddied through a combination of oxygen mask/various accents/backward speech) and just revels in the lunacy of it all is not altogether unsatisfying.

    There are a lot of individual Nolan-isms that resurface here in exaggerated ways. Favorites: the sixty lines of dialogue taken to establish minor plot business like the art forgery ruse; the terrible clock management in the finale resurfacing from the climax…

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    For Your Consideration: Outstanding Production Design, in a film that is in its way about production design. Serves as a subtle rebuke to the symmetric, #OnePerfectShot trend in horror films (cf. Ari Aster, Robert Eggers, no offense) by walking through a day in the life of an assistant who must compose every detail of her boss's life just so; this is not to say, however, that everything must have a clean and spotless appearance. Jane tells the HR rep (Matthew…