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  • Inherent Vice
  • Fandango
  • The Wrestler
  • La Haine

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  • See How They Run

    ★★½

  • Moonrise

    ★★

  • Madman

    ★★★½

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

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  • Clearcut

    Clearcut

    ★★★★★

    A real deal "touch some grass" movie. Fierce and raw. A build to unpolished madness but you know it's coming and feel the tension exponentially growing. Graham Greene is always such a great screen presence in a supporting role and as the lead here, he was better than ever. The terrain and location are simply wonderful. It's not like sweeping landscapes or anything, but these woods feel isolated and all the rocky structures feel cold and the dirty dirt mucks…

  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful. Tender. Melancholic. Mysterious. Of all the positive adjectives one could use to describe Park Chan-wook's newest masterpiece, "classic" is one that comes to my mind. A classic Hitchcockian tale, told in perfect narrative form that is distinctly of this 21st century auteur and master. This is a film that is constantly trying to outrun its own daze, but much like the lead inspector, it cannot. And this is what makes it so compelling. For a detective noir/mystery/drama that focuses…

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  • Gate 2: The Trespassers

    Gate 2: The Trespassers

    ★★★★

    More modern horror movies should have scenes in alternate dimensions. GATE II might be the last holdover of 80s horror that actually came out in the 90s. I love it. Great last act. Great protagonist. Great Punks. Hell, even great little post-credits scene.

  • Exotica

    Exotica

    ★★★★★

    The best movie ever made about strip clubs, those who work at strip clubs, and those who frequent strip clubs, even though it’s not really about that at all. Atom Egoyan's film of weird obsessions is the definition of spellbinding cinema. Trancelike. A1 example of how you reveal information to an audience and keep mystery of character motivations up your sleeve until the exact right moment to play. And, and it's a big AND, when those mysteries are revealed, they…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★★

    Subtlety is overrated. Funny is funny. Truth is truth.

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    This reminds me so much of the horror movies from 2003-2006 in the way that I remember sitting there in a multiplex theater and not really believing what was happening up on the screen. Ti West's "X" reminds me, tonally, of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ('03), The Devils Rejects, The Hills Have Eyes remake, and Wolf Creek, amongst others. The stories are pretty simple, but there's a lot goin' on that's just weird, wild stuff that you don't see since…