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  • Distant Sky: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live in Copenhagen

    Distant Sky: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live in Copenhagen

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely spellbinding stuff. The sense of connection between Cave and the audience is palpable, with the songs from Skeleton Tree, an album heavily informed by the death of Cave’s teenage son, being given extra resonance by hushed, rapt attention of the Copenhagen audience.

  • My Name Is Julia Ross

    My Name Is Julia Ross

    ★★★½

    Really fun, twisty, febrile noir that kind of fumbles out the gate by immediately revealing who the villains are and why they are trying to convince new secretary Julia Ross (Nina Foch) that she is actually her prospective employee. Feels like they lost the chance for some scenes of intrigue and mystery in the first act.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★½

    Second drafts are nothing to be frightened of, Martin.

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★

    Good summary of how Orson Welles' Mercury broadcast of War of the Worlds came together and why post-Depression, pre-World War II American society was so susceptible to the hysteria it produced, but it's let down by corny reenactments of peoples' reactions and little to no interrogation of the uncertainty around just how widespread the panic caused by the broadcast was.