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  • Blonde

    ★★

  • Dead & Buried

    ★★★★

  • Dead & Buried

    ★★★★

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

    ★★★★½

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★

    Despite its often dazzling visuals, a haunting score by Nick Cave and and Warren Ellis — and Ana de Armas giving her all to a relatively thin script, Blonde is a dreary disappointment. At 2 hours and 47 minutes, Andrew Dominik’s fictionalized biopic (based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel) feels like warmed over Lynch (Fire Walk with Me and Mulholland Drive seem to have taken up a large part of the filmmakers’ vision board). And, most depressingly, the film is a real disservice…

  • Visions of Europe

    Visions of Europe

    ★★★★

    Rating is only for Peter Greenaway's segment, "The European Shower," which had a surprise screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica prior to a screening of THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT (1982).

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  • On My Way

    On My Way

    ★★★½

    ON MY WAY contains the slightest of stories: Bettie (Catherine Deneuve), whose restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy and whose lover has left her, suddenly embarks on a road trip across France.  On her way meets some men, spends time with her young grandson, attends a reunion with some former beauty contestants (which includes the still-lovely Mylène Demongeot), and asks for many, many cigarettes.  

    Directed with sun-dappled realism by Emmanuelle Bercot, the film exudes a puckish charm that…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    Re-watched the brilliant segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled." It's heartbreaking and perfect.