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  • To Sleep with Anger
  • Let the Fire Burn
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★½

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★

  • Birds of Paradise

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

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  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★½

    The post-war hangover to follow Donen/Kelly's night out On the Town. Where their earlier collaboration was on the cusp of the 50s, and thus still mired in the earlier decade's lingering celebration of soldiers and the WWII victory, It's Always Fair Weather is firmly entrenched in the 50s expansion of consumerism and soul-sucking "suit" jobs designed to move every man, woman and child toward the elusive pursuit of the virtually unattainable American Dream. Whether through the brilliant passage-of-time montage that…

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  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★

    "Roads in David Lynch’s films are unusually portentous. In Lost Highway, the road is a visual signifier of the film’s mobius-strip structure and rhyming narratives of guilt, violence, and betrayal. In Mulholland Drive, it’s the site of an amnesia-inducing car accident and a portal into the Hollywood Hills home in which a woman’s dreams are alternately made and shattered. And in Blue Velvet, Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth takes to the road to deliver a terrifying monologue during which he threatens…

  • The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

    The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

    ★★★

    "Avi Mograbi’s The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation undertakes the difficult task of outlining the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land since the Six-Day War in 1967. Rather than positioning his film as an in-depth examination of a conflict too complicated to fully cover even in a Ken Burns-sized opus, the Israeli Mograbi wisely limits his scope to the methodologies employed by his country as occupiers who gradually and meticulously normalized their presence in…

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  • The Third Generation

    The Third Generation

    ★★★★

    "The other day I had a dream that capitalists created terrorism in order to force the state to better protect the business community. Funny, isn't it?"

    "Germany for the Germans. Everyone else will be sent home."

    It's impossible not to relate Fassbinder's dense and challenging portrait of capital and leftist activists to today's political climate. The Third Generation, virtually unavailable for over 25 years, presents a confounding, chaotic world view where capitalism, anarchy and terrorism constantly overlap and the political…

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★★

    Pickup on South Street, Sam Fuller’s brutal yet sensual masterpiece, begins on a speeding subway train, full of colliding bodies stuffed inside like canned sardines. No one speaks, but everyone glances; some at the floor or out the window, others at unsuspecting passengers, yet all attempting in one way or another to not betray what’s truly on their mind. Every initial glance is revealed to be misdirected until our anti-hero, Skip McCoy, bursts onto the scene to meet the sultry…