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  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★

    Tahar Rahim is extremely good, and I look forward to seeing his star explode. But as a director, Kevin Macdonald seems at a loss to bring audiences fully inside the story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi and harness the full force of the righteous anger these events warrant. When even the nightmarish torture sequences, shot as an almost hallucinogenic fugue, are holding you at a distance from Salahi, something’s wrong. The Mauritanian hits all the notes but lacks the finesse to make them register; it’s noble, but numbing. I thought about a much more effective film, Scott Z. Burns’ The Report, repeatedly.

  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    ★★★★

    “Look at what they made you give.”

    One of the technocratic ruling order’s key assets — the socially, mentally, and physically weaponized elite agent who so efficiently, ruthlessly upholds it — fails to play his role, the system reset of amnesia absolving him of his learned deference to his assignments. The powers governing this system see this as a malfunction, sense the threat posed by an individual exercising such deprogrammed free will, and so they deploy every weapon at their disposal…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    This smoothed my brain until it was but a shiny round pebble. Truly, audaciously terrible and inept filmmaking with a story that goes out of its way to be morally bankrupt and politically tone-deaf. Interesting to have an ostensibly aspirational Wonder Woman movie about the consequences of having aspirations. Interesting how no one writing DC’s main female superhero could fathom who she’d be without Chris Pine, so they improvised a lazy and inexplicable plot device to make sure they didn't…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★★★

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