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  • 8½
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Chinatown

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  • The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

  • Clerks

    ★★★★★

  • The Pride of the Yankees

    ★★★★★

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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

    I write this review after revisiting The Dark Knight for the first time since high school, when it was almost unanimously canonized as a great movie by popular and critical consensus. Even today, it remains one of the best reviewed movies on this site. The fact that The Dark Knight has so firmly and inextricably embedded itself within the popular consciousness doubtless surely accounts for some of its enduring appeal, but, of course, it wouldn’t have become so influential and…

  • Clerks

    Clerks

    ★★★★★

    Before the View Askewniverse, before Jay and Silent Bob became the idols of every twelve-year-old in the early 2000s, before Kevin Smith decided to start making horror movies for whatever reason, there was Clerks. It still easily stands as the finest movie he has ever made, and certainly his only great movie. It’s hard to think of a more honest, fair, and (yes) hilarious depiction of the aimless lives led by so many twenty-somethings in the 90s (and today).

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  • Auto Focus

    Auto Focus

    ★★★★★

    Auto Focus is not an easy movie to watch. It is not a movie about particularly deep or insightful people, or people whose lives or tribulations elicit much empathy (Bob Crane’s poor first wife excepted, of course). If you’re a more prudish viewer, you might find some of it unwatchable (though as more or less a Hollywood movie, it never gets quite as depraved as Crane’s actual sex life was). Paul Schrader, like Dostoevsky in Notes from Underground or when writing…

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★★

    As most enthusiasts of Disney likely know, The Little Mermaid is the studio’s final feature animated solely by hand. It thus looks rather different from nearly every Disney movie released over the past thirty years, with none of the lovely if intrusive panning and dollying seen in all of its movies from Beauty and the Beast through Atlantis: The Lost Empire or the truly lush panoramas of Tangled or Frozen. For the better part of fifty years, however, Disney excelled in…