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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • American Beauty
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Today, I drove to Denver to pick up my girlfriend from the airport and on the way back we got into an interesting discussion - she would probably call it an argument - about monograms. Neither of us are fond of them, but I was arguing that they were inherently classist as they do not improve the objective quality of a product, they simply raise the perceived quality of a material. That is to say, monograms do not make a…

  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    Eric Johnson is my best friend. We've known each other for almost 15 years. We met the first week of high school in a theater class and his first impression of me was that I was a pompous sophomore. In truth, I was just a nervous freshman. Soon enough, we grew past his snap judgment and we became collaborators of legend. Clan Man? Friend-Gro? Spartanaire Spring Show 2008? Yeah, you've probably heard of them. We've shared music, feelings, faith, and…

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  • Down with Love

    Down with Love

    Down with Love comes at you like a pastel bullet. The opening scenes are exploding with costumes and credits that make the film's homage to the 1960s sex comedies impossible to miss. Unlike those films, it moves faster than an actual bullet, crashing characters into each other, setting up all kinds of payoffs, obvious and not, and moving through and extended establishment of the central romantic tension with all the momentum of a new book shooting up the bestseller list.…

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    How does one - or do two - follow up a once-in-a-lifetime documentary in which the filmmakers were fortunate enough to be friends with the most daring rock climber that ever was and were able to track him as he succeeded in pushing the limit of the sport into the stratosphere? Free Solo stands as one of the most stress-inducing, nail-biting pieces of non-fiction cinema. So of course, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin multiplied the life-and-death stakes for their…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    I was so excited to watch this movie, I had already planned to rewatch Diary of a Country Priest right after watching it. But this movie packs such a wallop and is so dense with thought, I'm going to have to wait until I approach another dark and deep religious drama.

    That's a testament to the power of First Reformed. I knew it was going to be heavy, but I wasn't thinking it would be this heavy. I should have…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    If House of Gucci and The Last Duel had switched places on the release calendar and The Last Duel were the film lingering in memory and receiving the benefit of a holiday week, would all the undue nominations going to Gucci belong to Ridley Scott's more deserving film? The Last Duel is, across the board, a superior piece of work with better performances, a better script that handles its historical setting with more flare and respect, and Scott is more…