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  • Jane by Charlotte

    ★★½

  • Dead & Buried

    ★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★½

  • Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★½

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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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  • None Shall Escape

    None Shall Escape

    ★★★★

    "As a journeyman director in Hollywood from the late ‘30s through the ‘60s, André de Toth displayed a mastery of numerous genres. His best and most widely acclaimed film, Day of the Outlaw, is a western, while his most famous, House of Wax, is horror. Both Crime Wave and Pitfall show his proficiency for noir, and even with his final film, the brilliant adventure/war film, Play Dirty, he continued to break new ground. Yet, despite the popularity of all of…

  • Till

    Till

    ★★★

    "Chinonye Chukwu’s 2019 film Clemency is intensely keyed to the interiority of its main character, a warden at a men’s prison. Throughout, much space is given to Alfre Woodard, in a profoundly observant performance built with minimal dialogue, to convey her character’s feelings of guilt and betrayal. That film’s approach is a seemingly simple yet novel means of eliding the blunt moralizing that plagues most social issue films.

    Chukwu takes a similar approach in Till, which, at its most striking,…

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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…