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  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    ★★★½

  • This Is the Night

    ★★★

  • The Children's Hour

    ★★★★

  • These Three

    ★★★½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Merry freakin' Christmas. 

    The critic to audience disparity for this on Rotten Tomatoes is hilariously huge (I must be a filthy snob, as I nearly always find myself on the critic's side when this happens). I'll add my vote to the praise column on this one. It's thematically dense and thought provoking, has great performances, an engaging visual aesthetic and feel, and I really enjoy the way Lowery continues to treat time as a strange, non linear space (though A…

  • The Set-Up

    The Set-Up

    ★★★★★

    "Don't ya see Bill, you're always one punch away."

    Robert Wise's The Set-Up is the story of Stoker, a boxer widely considered to have left his best years behind him at the age of 35. He has a shot at a 23 year old kid who he truly believes that he can beat, and that when he does he will finally get his chance at the title. There's just one problem - no one else believes he can win. His wife…

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  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    Suddenly, Last Summer

    ★★★½

    "Most people's lives...what are they but trails of debris. Each day more debris more debris long, long trails of debris. With nothing to clean it all up but finally death." 

    Wealthy eccentric Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn) is a woman grieving the loss of her son the previous summer. She tries to persuade Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift), a lobotomy 'expert', to perform his craft on her niece Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor), who was with her son at the time of his…

  • This Is the Night

    This Is the Night

    ★★★

    When Claire (Thelma Todd) gets busted having an affair by her husband Stephen (Cary Grant) their sweet sweet trip to Venice is put in danger. Her lover Gerald (Roland Young) hires Germaine (Lili Damita) to pretend to be his wife and accompany him on vacation so he and Claire have plausible deniability and can keep hooking up. Shenanigans ensue as everyone spins schemes and counter schemes against everyone and amorous feelings shift from person to person. 

    The version on Criterion…

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  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    ★★★★

    "Wicked very young...wicked very old."

    Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn) are steadfast friends of many years who run a girl's school together. Things are going well until one day Mary (Karen Balkin), an awful kid, decides to use misunderstood snippets of information to spread rumours that her two teachers have been lovers. Their life unravels. 

    Stepping out from under the most oppressive aspects of the Hays Code, Wyler's second crack at the source material restores core…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★★

    "Hate is all I've ever known, but I wish I could be free of it." 

    Robert Eggers The Northman has the pulsing rhythm and lyrical qualities of an epic poem. Moments of relative calm ratchet up in tension until they reach an explosion of violence, only to slow and build again to the next staccato burst of destruction, carried along, elevated and perfectly complemented by the excellent music by Robin Carolan and Sebastian Gainsborough. Jarin Blaschke's cinematography is other worldly,…