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  • The Lady Eve
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Double Indemnity
  • Casablanca

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  • The Swan

  • Black Christmas

    ★★★★

  • Gran Turismo

    ★★½

  • The Last Waltz

    ★★★½

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    Underappreciated and discussed score. The experimental/noise/drone section ("The Retribution") in the climax post-blood is particularly effective following the tense, chilling, Herrman-inflected classical piece ("The Coronation/The Blood") in the pre-blood lead up.

    To recite the oft-repeated De Palma critique, though: there's one too many endings in this. The house burning and the jesus piece should close the film.

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  • Gran Turismo

    Gran Turismo

    ★★½

    I resent this movie even suggesting that Kenny G and Enya in the same class as one another.

  • No One Will Save You

    No One Will Save You

    ★★★

    This is either a clever take on friendly ET/Close Encounters aliens arriving to Earth and "fixing" the protagonist or a dumb one. The ace in this movie's sleeve is that Kaitlyn Dever's performance is so captivating that, in the moment, the answer to that question isn't important.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese's vision, this film's themes, Dicaprio's character and peformance, Hill's character and performance, as well as the rest of the ensemble cast's character and performance, are all no-holds-barred. Scorsese truly went all out and it paid off in a hilarious satire on the reverence of money, drugs, women, and the admiration of a criminal moneymaker. As long as someone is making you rich, why care about his morality (or lack thereof)?

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    ★★★½

    Banksy's polite way of saying Thierry's art is terrible.