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  • The 400 Blows
  • Imitation of Life
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • The Silence of the Lambs

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • A Hero

    ★★★½

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

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  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    The New Beverly touted their silver retention print of this so, it being one of my favorite down-and-dirty thrillers of the '90s, I had to go see it with my very own eyes. Honestly found it aesthetically jarring — I get that the process preserves the detail in the blacks, but the blacks were so deep, the whole print just looked dark as hell to me. I guess the DVD and Blu-Ray were not mastered from one of these prints,…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    I appreciate that by being completely, unremorsefully serious — to the point at which every single joke (of which there aren't many) screams out, "I'm being FUNNY now" — Villeneuve has realized perhaps the quintessential "anti-Marvel" blockbuster of the moment. At the same time, this seriousness also makes the movie feel lumbering and, at times, more joyless than it actually is.

    Chalamet is miscast as Paul, but also completely kills it, so it wasn't a waste of his very in-demand…

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  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ½

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • The Queen of Versailles

    The Queen of Versailles

    ★★★½

    Frankly, those who argue that the film presents the Siegels as contemptible villains of the financial crisis could not misunderstand the film or the financial crisis itself any more.

    The Queen of Versailles is actually about how eerily similar its subjects are to the average American: they over-borrowed and overspent themselves into oblivion, completely ignorant of and/or complacent to the fact they were being played by the banks. Sure, they may have been financing a lifestyle thousands of times more…