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  • Showgirls
  • Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Uncut Gems
  • Midnight Cowboy

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  • Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★★★

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

  • CODA

    ★★★★½

  • Happiness

    ★★★★

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  • Valley of the Dolls

    Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★★★

    There's a scene where Patty Duke's character goes: "Boobies, boobies, boobies. Nothin' but boobies! Who needs 'em? I did great without 'em."

    Instant five stars.

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    Leda is not a bad person. She's a person. She reflects the uglier parts of ourselves that we wish we couldn't see.

    This was an astounding debut from Maggie Gyllenhaal. I think what she does best is creating an atmosphere of disorientation. Leda is in a new place, surrounded (literally) by people very different from herself, and left to walk this journey on her own. If I could characterize Leda's journey, I would say it's an exorcism of her demons.…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    There needs to be a 50+ year grace period between when someone tragically dies, and when you can create fan fiction about their life. Spencer is an Aronofsky-esque take on a particularly tumultuous time in Princess Diana's short life. And while the score, cinematography, and supporting actors all deserve praise, they could not save Spencer. I came away from this thinking: what a self-congratulatory, pretentious piece of filmmaking. I don't often throw the word "pretentious" around when it comes to…

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    The point of the book is that the relationship between Humbert and Dolores is taboo and immoral - but I did not find whatsoever that Adrian Lyne is interested at all in the immorality/illness of Humbert's attraction. Actually what I got from the camerawork, costuming, acting performance of 15-year-old Dominique Swain, and romantic score is that Lyne himself believes in the beauty and validity of their relationship. I'm not a fan of placing too much of a moral obligation on…