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  • Chicago

    Chicago

    They had it coming!

    And they got what they deserved (almost), winning six Oscars, including Best Picture, out of 12 nominations.

    I’m still ticked Richard Gere was left out in the cold, as his tap-dancing, slick ‘n suave lawyer is a towering accomplishment from an actor who has never really gotten his just due.

    That being said, seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones dance away with the little gold man remains one of my favorite moments from a life spent frequently screaming at the TV screen when the Oscars botch the landing.

    A little song, a little dance, a whole lot of happiness.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    You can see everything.

    Whether that’s a good thing depends on your gag reflex, I guess, but this tale of Ugly Americans gettin’ nasty comeuppance under the harsh, unforgiving Swedish sun is a doozy.

    Most horror flicks bury their bloodletting under the cover of darkness, which makes this well-lit film such a nice change of pace.

    Not that “nice” applies to anything here.

    An imploding relationship between a deeply-hurting woman and her ass-hat boyfriend sets the table for anger, pain, and emotional ruin long before bodies start hittin’ the floor during a pagan festival.

    This one will deeply scar you.

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    Can you handle a punch to the heart?

    If so, you’re ready for this superb drama, which follows a brilliant troublemaker of a girl, and her wayward mom, as they try to stay a step ahead of crushing reality.

    Life isn’t easy, and there aren’t necessarily happy endings waiting, even if the duo camp out a hop and skip away from Disneyworld.

    Willem Dafoe, the only “name” actor in the piece, is a motel manager who carefully orbits their world.

    He has compassion, and heart, but will not be a sucker, ever.

    The best of what low-budget cinema can be.

  • Summer of 84

    Summer of 84

    Memory is a killer.

    Those who make it out alive in this modern-day homage to ’80s slashers will always live with what happened in their small-town neighborhood.

    One of the few films of its kind to contemplate the aftereffects of having your youthful idealism stolen by the serial killer next door, it hits with unexpected power.

    Teen boys are disappearing off the streets of an Oregon burb, and the paperboy suspects an outwardly friendly cop on his route may be a monster once behind closed curtains.

    Building to a bleak, haunting finale, this is a summer which won’t be forgotten.