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  • Capricorn One

    Capricorn One

    ★★★

    "She's on the roof! Get it?"

    A guilty pleasure of the 70s, nicely executed and often wildly entertaining.

    It's easy to focus on the film's core flaw: a ludicrous conspiracy to fake a Mars landing, motivated by (of all things) bolstering the space program so the public has something to believe in. Ohhh K. (Instead, why not give the conspirators a Cold War motive like beating the Russians to Mars?)

    So yeah, Capricorn One requires a big-time suspension of disbelief,…

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    A warmed-over pastiche of Conrad, Kipling, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, the first 15 minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other jungle tales.

    In The Lost City of Z, explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) tries repeatedly to find a hidden Amazon city, giving the film an infuriatingly repetitive story structure. Embedded in this, in an odd jump of the shark, is a mini World War I movie (!), complete with trenches, poison gas, and — in another shark…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

    Unacceptable.

    Despite appealing tidbits and occasional thrills, Star Wars: The Last Jedi misfires badly. Its storytelling is inept, its characters mostly fail to generate interest and its themes are a muddle.

    The Empire Strikes Back this is not, though irritatingly The Last Jedi feigns a kinship to that great film and other films via incessant callbacks.

    Adam Driver's Kylo Ren and especially Daisy Ridley's Rey serve up much-needed heat, and it's a kick seeing the irrepressible Mark Hamill as Luke…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★½

    Considering all the buzz around it, a major disappointment.

    On the plus side, it is consistently engrossing and has a quiet intensity throughout, and it is blessedly short. A watchable movie, for sure. The aerial sequences are stunning, and Tom Hardy delivers an emotional performance even though we can barely see him in his cockpit. (It's all in the eyes.)

    Sequences on the water and on the beach are hit-or-miss. Much of the intrigue aboard Mark Rylance's boat as he…