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  • Dear Heart

    ★★★★½

  • Val

    ★★★★½

  • The Way Way Back

    ★★★★

  • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

    ★★★★★

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  • Val

    Val

    ★★★★½

    So, it turns out that Val Kilmer collected around 800 hours of home movies and videos of his and his loved ones lives as well as intimate behind the scenes material while working on most of his movies.
    This has all now been put together in this fascinating documentary directed by Ting Poo and Leo Scott. The historical material has been edited together with recent footage, mostly of Kilmer and his son, actor Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto, The Nice Guys…

  • The Way Way Back

    The Way Way Back

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Honestly, Steve Carell in this movie is such an irredeemable dick...imagine the level of a mind that forces his teen step son to rate himself from one to ten, then, when the kid is pushed, aggressively into making a decision, he says *maybe a six, I don't know" to which the step-father says, "a six, no way.... you're like a three maybe!" and you can see the abject horror and embarrassment from the young lad, Duncan (Liam James in an…

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  • The Man In Constant Sorrow

    The Man In Constant Sorrow

    ★★★★

    Intense and gripping short film from R. J. Frometa. It is a kind of horror film but is quite strange and different. There is an undercurrent of guilt with some religious overtones and references to Jesus and Judas. It's quite a free form piece of work and I don't think we are meant to necessarily take from it a straightforward narrative.
    Even after reading through the transcript several times, I'm still unsure as to exactly what was happening to the…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    I adored this at the movies on its first run in 2021.
    PTA got me with a hit directly to my '70s heart (the decade I became a teenager, so I was relating crazily for the whole run-time)...those needle drops Stumblin' In (Suzi Quatro, Chris Norman); I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren); Diamond Girl (Seals & Crofts); If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot); Young Girl (Gary Puckett); Lisa, Listen to Me (Blood, Sweat & Tears); Barabajagal (Donovan); Softy Whispering I…

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    As others are stating, this has Malick's most cohesive narrative since Badlands and even parts of The Thin Red Line.
    However, it still exhibits at least some of the dream-like voice-over, jump cuts, gorgeous cinematography and music cues of much of his post The New World work.
    The plot itself is a real heartbreaker, intense, anger-inducing and beautifully acted by a superb and mostly unknown cast.
    Call me a convert all over again because this is pure gold cinema at its finest and most lyrical.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Believe the hype, this is the hero Batman for our times, just as Todd Phillips' Joker was the villain.
    Matt Reeves' Batman is a complex, intellectual, emotional, dark and naturally solitary character who even pushes Alfred to the sidelines for much of the run-time, instead working closely only with (a terrific) Jeffrey Wright as Lieutenant Gordon and Zoe Kravitz's deeply hurt Selena Kyle/Catwoman.
    The villains in this take are feeding off Gotham and much of its corrupt leadership. Colin Farrell's…