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  • Red Rocket

    ★★★★

  • Killer's Kiss

    ★★★

  • Nomadland

    ★★★★

  • City of Hope

    ★★★★

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  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★½

    It's the old tried and true writing prompt to help someone get their creative juices going by imagining historical figures in a room together hashing things out. Regina King and Kemp Powers, inspired by a real event and Powers' Stage play, take this prompt to great engaging heights.

    On a Miami Night in 1964 after defeating Sonny Liston to gain the Heavy-weight title, Muhammed Ali then Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) wants to celebrate it properly with his spiritual mentor Malcolm…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    There are movies that I enjoy, admire, engage with and love. It's one, or a combination thereof, that I want in any movie experience, at the very least. Then there are the ones that transcend my criticisms and therefore cynical nature to not just give me a filmic experience, but an experience. The late Edward Yang's magnum opus focuses on the steadily middle-class Cheng family living in 1960's Taipei, Taiwan more than a decade after forcibly moving from Shanghai to…

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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    There’s a fascinating feel-bad if not ultimately pitiful quadruple feature to be had with Nightcrawler, Uncut Gems, Wolf of Wall Street, and this latest from Sean Baker. The America’s End series, depicting the collapse from different eras of insatiable faux male bravado.

    Baker leaves just outside the gates of Disney-world along with a decidedly more heartfelt, whimsical, and bittersweet Florida Project to Texas City, TX and the depraved exploits of former adult film star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex). It’s the summer of…

  • Killer's Kiss

    Killer's Kiss

    🎉Happy 2022 all🥂! A New year brings renewed focus but also carryover cynicism too. So is there a better filmmaker to encapsulate that than Stan the Man? It seems as good a time as any to give a much needed rewatch to Stanley Kubrick’s filmography. Starting with his Sophomore work the derivative but promising Killer’s Kiss. Forgive me if I skip Fear and Desire as I have only seen it once and one time is all I want to give what is…

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    Not since It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has a person dressed in a sheet ghost costume moved me so dearly.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★

    At this point you should know wether your sensibilities and movie tastes are aligned with the surreal, weird and disturbing mind of Nicholas Winding Refn. If you thought 'Only God Forgives' was crossing the line, you ain't seen nothing yet in this morbid depiction of the fashion industry. Elle Fanning is superb as Jesse a small town girl looking to make her name in the tinsel town high-end fashion world. After being recognized for her unique 'look' she begins her…