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  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Paths of Glory

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  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    ★★★★

  • Rififi

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★★★

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    ★★★

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  • Day of the Outlaw

    Day of the Outlaw

    ★★★★

    MannVanuary 2: Film 4 of 24

    "Mr Crane, you said you'd fight to keep what you want. Well I've been doing that for twenty years and I intend to keep on doing it! And no pig-bellied farmer is going to stop me!"

    A bleak and brutal snow western from André de Toth.

    Initially it seems as if this is going to be Robert Ryan's hardened tough guy, Blaise Starrett, against the townsfolk of Bitters, Wyoming. Blaise founded the town and…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    "Was there a reason you didn't communicate with your team?"
    "I was focusing on-"
    "One that their families will accept at their funerals."
    "...none, sir."

    Astonishing. Top Gun: Maverick far exceeded my expectations to become one of favourite cinema experiences of the year.

    How is this so good? So much better than the original? Every dramatic moment works. It recalls the past without relying on it. It's incredibly fun but also deeply serious. It's one of Tom Cruise's finest performances.…

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  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    ★★★★

    MannVanuary 2: Film 23 of 24

    "There's too many people in this town with nothing else to do but talk."

    Whether viewed as a slow-burn thriller or a pitch black satire, Robert Aldrich's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a daring and dark work starring two acting greats.

    This is my first time seeing either Joan Crawford or Bette Davis in action and their performances sell the set-up instantly. The pair play sisters - Jane (Davis) was the child…

  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★★

    MannVanuary 2: Film 22 of 24

    "There are kids, millions of kids who've grown up poor. Like you. How did it happen? What difference was there between them and you, that you became a hood, a tough guy, and not them? Know what I think, Jo? They're the tough guys, not you."

    Cold film noir from Jules Dassin, directed after he was blacklisted from Hollywood during the McCarthy era.

    Tony aka "le Stéphanois" (Jean Servais) is out of prison after…

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★

    "Never have I seen such a maelstrom of bad taste and sheer magic."

    Damien Chazelle is back with his most maximalist work yet, a sprawling, fictional retelling of Hollywood at the end of the silent era.

    The narrative is loose but essentially follows the rise and fall of three to six characters, some of them based on real individuals. There's Brad Pitt as Jack Conrad, a silent A-lister who struggles to adapt to the talkies. Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy,…

  • Falling Down

    Falling Down

    ★★★½

    "I lost my job. Well, actually I didn't lose it, it lost me. I am over-educated, under-skilled. Maybe it's the other way around, I forget. But I'm obsolete. I'm not economically viable."

    Michael Douglas plays the man who snapped in Joel Schumacher's nihilistic 90s thriller.

    Douglas gives a gripping performance as Bill Foster, an unemployed defense worker who just gets out of his car in a traffic jam and attempts to head to his ex-wife and child's house, becoming increasingly…