Moviegoing can be a mercurial experience. It’s possible to watch a movie one day and despise every frame, then replay it a year later and be utterly entranced by the same footage. Unfortunately, the modern moviegoing experience is so dominated by outside opinion, aggregate scores, and a ruthless marketing hype machine, that it can be difficult to simply watch a movie and reach your own conclusion about its cinematic merits.

That said, Blade Runner 2049 can be a boring movie. Despite being impeccably mounted and lusciously staged, the sequel to the 1983 cult classic fails to do much else than simply look good. In the Instagram era of ...

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