Review: The Hollow Ambition of 'Dunkirk'

Dunkirk is best explained by quantum mechanics. Seriously. Quantum mechanics states that light acts as both a wave and a particle depending on how you observe it. Depending on how you think it, Dunkirk is both a great movie and an unwatchable mess. It’s an adventurous, ambitious, experimental blockbuster, and a mind-numbingly conventional, mundane prestige vanity project by a big name director. It’s a chest-beating, jingoistic call for national pride and a subversion of militaristic hero worship that tends to accompany that pride. It’s both a particle and a wave, depending on how you look at it.

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You Call That Scary?: The Absence of Terror in 'It Comes At Night' and 'Get Out'

Last weekend I saw It Comes at Night, the sophomore effort from writer-director Trey Edward Shults. His debut film, Krisha, was one of my favorites of last year, with an energetic style and a merciless yet empathetic approach to storytelling. Alas, It Comes at Night was disappointing, a half-cocked gambit to avoid the sophomore slump that feels more like the idea of a horror movie than the real thing. Despite some impressive, practically lit cinematography and an engrossing atmosphere, the film sadly feels like a rough draft.

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