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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    Yet another collection of clips and talking heads, as with so many docs in recent memory. But what struck me about this one was how well the film itself consistently matched the gentleness of Rogers and his show, avoiding an overly zippy pace or the now obligatory second act tragedy/downfall contrivances of other docs. I was also struck by how much of the show I vividly remembered from my youth. As for the emotions, they came rushing forth at the…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    "You never loved me. You just loved how much I loved you."

    Darren Aronofsky's graphic and visceral allegorical fable is at once maddeningly dense and laughably on the nose. It is at once meticulous and raw. It is at once primal and highly evolved filmmaking. It is at once one of the very best films of 2017 and a film I don't think I could recommend to anyone.

    Lawrence and Bardem live in a giant home seemingly in the middle…

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    This is one filthy movie. I know I'm far from the first person to notice this, but, boy, is it ever obvious today.

    An opening scene of planes copulating. Then we meet General Erection post-coitus. Ripper explains he is afraid of his fluids being taken from his body...and, we later learn, new ones entering it. Then we go to a War Room of sexual repression: An emasculated president twice named after references to female genitalia; a general still thinking of…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    A heady, steadily paced flick with traces of X-Men, Equilibrium and every decent time travel movie, Rian Johnson's (the overrated Brick, the underrated The Brothers Bloom) Looper is easily the smartest sci-fi since Moon. Yes, even better than the similarly time-travel themed Source Code. It's not particularly complex but clever where it counts - its time-travel premise is deceptively simple but fleshed out with neat elements like Gordon-Levitt and Willis' shared and evolving memories, the inventive and somberly human use…