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Halo Episode 1, 2022 – ★★★

In Nightmare Alley, the scope and suspense of 1940s Noir is lovingly represented. Del Toro’s dark, sprawling film delivers gorgeous frames, showcases fearsome performances, yet sometimes feels constrained by its classic influences.

The Tragedy of Macbeth, 2021 – ★★★★½

Joel Coen’s take on the Shakespeare classic is efficient, minimal and thunderous. Forgoing any attempts to expand upon the story and instead simply showcasing it.

The Power of the Dog, 2021 – ★★★★½

Jane Campion’s simmering portrait of repression on a ranch in Montana is an absolute triumph. Never has the expansive West felt so utterly claustrophobic.

Red Notice, 2021 – ★½

Red Notice is a series of art heists, where treasured properties from years past are replaced with a very shiny yet cheap replica.

tick, tick…BOOM!, 2021 – ★★★

Andrew Garfield absolutely soars in the adaptation of Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical production. Unfortunately, Lin Manuel Miranda’s ode to musical theatre, while boldly and affectionately told, often becomes too self-indulgent. Heavy on emotion, but light...

Belfast, 2021 – ★★★★½

"Belfast" is Kenneth Branagh's heartfelt tribute to the communal power of cinema. It features stellar performances and serves as a tender portrait of a violent period in Irish history. Buddy is an exuberant boy who...

Eternals, 2021 – ★½

Eternals is an absolutely gorgeous and technically masterful film, which makes that fact that I found it completely vapid, clumsy, and lifeless all the more heartbreaking. Warning: this film did not land for me at...

Dune, 2021 – ★★★★½

Dune is an epic and sweeping triumph that shows that patient, contemplative blockbusters can still be financially successful. The first thing that stands out about Dune is the sheer scope of it all. I don't...

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