They Shall Not Grow Old

Storytelling, like war, is an inherently destructive process. Especially when one is dealing with historical events and personages, anyone who seeks to frame an event or character against its historical background is faced with an immediate problem: what is it that belongs? What is it that is central? What is unnecessary? What can be eliminated? […]

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Outlaw King

The scenery of Scotland is a glorious thing to behold, and “Outlaw King” plays that particular card to the nines, with sweeping shot after shot of the beautiful and bare scenery of the Scottish highlands. Visually, the film is glorious, capturing both the grandeur and vastness of the countryside, and the muck and grit of […]

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First Man

It is an all too human temptation to believe that historical figures lived their lives with a single-minded purpose, assured of their place in the lexicon of time. Categorize “First Man” as further evidence to the contrary. The film takes time to show, in painstaking detail, just all of the setbacks and difficulties that needed […]

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A (Very) Quiet Place

It is not often that a movie makes you afraid to open a pack of twizzlers. The fact that 90% of this movie takes place in a tense silence breaks down the usual comfortable barrier between the audience and the events on screen, until the walls of the theater no longer seem enough to muffle […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a worthy sequel to 2015’s lighthearted and whimsical “Ant-Man.” After events of previous films, this story begins with our hero (Paul Rudd) under house arrest in a charming sequence wherein he attempts to entertain his delightfully precocious daughter without actually leaving the house. It reintroduces a family dynamic that was […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

One of my favorite reviewers on YouTube has a film rating called “A good time if you’re drunk.” Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fits nicely into such a category. The proposed rules: every time you predict a plot point, take a shot. You will have a grand time. The only problem is that you could have […]

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The Incredibles 2

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, I maintain, is one of the greatest movie trilogies ever made. “Batman Begins” is groundbreaking, and “The Dark Knight,” even outside the realm of superhero films, is one of the best movies yet brought to the screen. Then comes the “Dark Knight Rises.” Easily the worst of the three, it nonetheless […]

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The System

A brief word on my rating system: I find that the 5 and 10 star systems tend to make things needlessly complicated. They are done seemingly with the intent of creating a more precise system for ranking movies. If the reviewer is capable of that, I applaud them. However, it is difficult to avoid the […]

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