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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

    Double meanings of a double life: an ingenious con-artist thriller that's also about the desperate loneliness of playing rich and straight, respectively. Does Matt Damon do his best work as men faking their way to high society? It's a theme that resonates at least superficially with his movie-star backstory as an ordinary dude from Bahstan, and which finds its own double in The Departed, another con artist story of sorts, featuring a (possibly closeted) character self-actualizing up the ladder through…

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    A.V. Club review. Obscenely boring abuse of a brand. Must there be three more of these?

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★

    Both relieved and a little disappointed to discover that I wasn’t the only one to see more Shyamalan than Kubrick or Tarkovsky in this imperfect space odyssey. The clunky dialogue and thin characterizations, the undeniable formal pleasures, the secondhand Spielberg family dynamics, the gooey New Age spirituality—all feel like vintage M. Night. And the twisty climax is swing-away-Merrill ridiculous, overpowering any emotional truth with the sheer power of its absurdity.

    I’m right down the middle on this one, to the…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Guys, my sixth star isn't working.