First Reformed is Paul Schrader’s masterpiece, and its story feels, in a away, close to my own.
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It was one of the best years in film in a long time, with dozens of great movies on offer, but only ten could make the list.
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Rian Johnson has succeeded in elevating Star Wars into something beyond itself.
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Martin McDonagh proves again that he’s one of the most exciting contemporary screenwriters with another rude, crude, and moving masterpiece.
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Kenneth Branagh’s entertaining adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved novel strikes a puzzling balance between success and failure.
Read more "“Murder on the Orient Express” (B-)"
The Chicago International Film Festival has come and gone for yet another year, and it was a whirlwind for me this time around. Twenty-three films in ten days ended up being pretty ambitious when I’m also working a full-time job, and my fatigue showed when I ended up missing a film when I passed out […]
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Perfectly paced and aesthetically riveting on all accounts, “Blade Runner 2049” is unfortunately caught in its predecessor’s lofty shadow.
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Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is more than a return to form – it’s the finest film of his career thus far.
Read more "“mother!” (A)"
A blundering disappointment in spite of its potential, “It” is the biggest waste of a stellar cast of young actors since “Super 8.”
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The Safdie brother’s latest film is a wonderful, neon-soaked thriller doubling as a genius character study and a testament to brilliant acting.
Read more "“Good Time” (A)"