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  • GoodFellas
  • Magnolia
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Pulp Fiction

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  • Moneyball

    ★★★★

  • Blackhat

    ★★

  • Ali

    ★★★

  • Flight

    ★★★½

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  • Tully

    Tully

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

    The first 20 minutes or so are playful and biting in Cody's signature way, and Theron brings scarily real numbness and vulnerability to a character in need of a life raft. Once Tully arrives, the movie is enjoyable in a kind of inscrutable way, but seems rudderless. Tully helps and ok? That's it? The last act twist plays like a needless "gotcha" moment and doesn't seem to really track. Marlo appeared to be doing so well but she wasn't? And…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    The first half is a marvel, filled with not just technical thrills but visual flourishes and character excavations. Things get dicier in the last act, as the story structure starts to wobble and they seem desperate to tap a thrill well already run dry. Still, this is supremely entertaining summer fun.

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  • Two for the Money

    Two for the Money

    I think "Two for the Money" would be a better film if it were a shade darker, but as it is, it's probably a more entertaining film than a darker one would be. The quick and cliche-ridden tailspin and transformation of down-home Brandon Lang into obscenity-spewing, money-loving John Anthony rings a bit false, but that doesn't mean the movie doesn't work. This is a slick, not overly perceptive (but more so than your average cineplex fair) story of the damaging…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    A triumph of subjective, immersive film making, tension building, and cognitive and sensory provocation, "mother!" finds Aronofsky in peak form, channeling all of his formal powers in service of a compelling, surprisingly emotional, and undeniably haunting allegory. It works as a deranged horror show, preying on our recognizable protectiveness of our spouses, our homes, our children, our selves. It works as a spiritual allegory. It works as a love story gone south. It works as a wake-up call to take…