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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    An opera of violence in which plot is rendered irrelevant, JW3 delivers an innumerable body count of faceless, nameless assailants to be sacrificed on the altar of this franchise. The kills peak early, so by the finale you are a bit desensitized. But that isn't to say that it isn't fucking awesome, which it pretty much is, despite lacking the emotional resonance and connection of the first film.

  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★½

    The most interesting aspect of this film is that it was a catalyst for the National album of the same name, which is an incredible record; full of passion and wit and pathos - the film; not so much. Imagine if PEN15 was a pretentious, humorless  art movie. Sure, there are some memorable passages and lovely shots, but as a whole, a stand alone work, the best and only truly interesting part is undoubtedly the music. I’m not anti-Mike Mills; I loved Beginners. This is just too slight and precious, so whispy it can easily be brushed aside in favor of just listening to the album.

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★½

    Vergangenheitsbewältigung is a German word without an English equivalent, roughly translating to the collective coming to terms with trauma in the recent past. The post-Nazi, post-GDR processing of this past is essential to understanding German culture and art. The mostly artless, affected, boring and not at all scary remake of Suspiria tries and fails to harness this complex mood. Setting itself in the midst of RAF/Baader-Meinhof attacks of 1977, and somehow trying, I guess, to draw a connection between that…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Among the best, if not the best, films of 2016. The casting, directing and acting are seamless. The biggest small movie I've seen in some time.