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  • Dick Cavett's Vietnam

    Dick Cavett's Vietnam

    ★★½

    This is a decent thumbnail history of the Viet Nam.  If you want to watch a single hour-long program that gives an overview of the war, this is it.

    However, the title is a bit of false advertising.  There is not enough Dick Cavett in Dick Cavett’s Viet Nam.  Clips from The Dick Cavett Show (68-77) certainly illustrate how divided we were over the war and give a flavor of how poorly the US planned and executed the war.  However,…

  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    ★★½

    A magnificent 216 minute mess.  Cimino’s story of the 1890s Johnson County (WY) War is beautiful but seriously overlong and extravagant.  For example, two characters on opposite sides of the war - Sheriff James Averill (Kris Kristofferson) and rancher Billy Irvine (John Hurt) - are old college chums, Harvard class of 1870.  Fine.  However, Cimino takes the first 20 minutes (shot at Oxford U) to establish this.  This features a rambling graduation ceremony and an elaborate post-graduation set piece with…

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★½

    Director Tom Ford's slick tale of a museum owner (Amy Adams) who is struggling to maintain her lavish lifestyle and troubled marriage. This becomes upended when she receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal).

    Adams and Gyllenhaal are good, with Gyllenhaal playing two roles: her ex and the husband in his novel. This is also well worth watching for several fine supporting performances: Michael Shannon as a West Texas sheriff's detective, Laura Linney as Adams' mother, and Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough as tres chic married friends of Adams and her current husband (Armie Hammer).

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable tale of the two comedy greats attempting a late-career comeback with a 1953 tour of Great Britain. John C. Reilly is great as Stan Laurel. Steve Coogan is good as Stan Laurel. He occasionally lapses into Steve Coogan.

    This is a good portrait of performers living in the long shadow of past glories, struggling to remain relevant and keep their heads above water. By 1953, the boys are well past their prime and deeply in debt. They've agreed to…