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  • Touch of Evil
  • Blade Runner
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Psycho

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  • Shadows and Fog

    ★★★½

  • You Can Count on Me

    ★★★★★

  • Election

    ★★★★½

  • The Mountain Between Us

    ★★★½

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  • Shadows and Fog

    Shadows and Fog

    ★★★½

    Woody Allen experiments with style and technique and satire, but there’s not a whole lot of substance to be found.  Given Allen’s knack for writing, there’s still plenty of entertaining scenes and the cast is filled with high-caliber actors.  Beautifully shot black and white homage to German expressionism and Kafka, this is almost like Allen doing his version of a Mel Brooks movie, which isn’t a bad thing — it’s just not as memorable as his masterpieces.  With someone as…

  • You Can Count on Me

    You Can Count on Me

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece of a film from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan.  Two mammoth performances from Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney as siblings who lost their parents in an automobile accident when they were kids.  Rory Culkin giving an otherworldly performance at the age of 10.  Matthew Broderick playing mid-life crisis to near-perfection.  The experience of watching this film is transcendental — the writing is on such a monumental level of realism and profound insight into the human condition.  It’s truly special.

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Second time around, I still had a blast, the opening 45 minutes to an hour are pure dynamite for the senses.  It’s hard not to be in awe of Spielberg’s craftsmanship, especially during that first race scene.  It’s so phenomenally filmed and edited, it makes you wonder what our future will hold in the entertainment department. 
            It was fun re-watching, knowing what was coming, because it freed up the viewer to find the Easter Eggs we’d…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Epic spectacle on the grandest scale imaginable.  Effortlessly interweaves from location to location, and from hero to hero, slowing down a bit here and there with overlong expositional scenes, but filled with eye-popping art direction (there were 15 art directors who worked on this film) and staggering special effects.  
           This was the most effective of the three Avengers movies at incorporating humor into the narrative, never seeming superfluous, but more naturally occurring in the moment due…