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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★½

  • The Terminal

    ★★★½

  • A Good Year

    ★★★

  • What Lies Beneath

    ★★★

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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★½

    The Criterion Channel – Film #29

    "In a week I’d be two months behind on my mortgage, and, no, sir, I wasn’t about to lose my house. But a chill runnin’ up the back of my neck was talkin’ to me, tellin’ me I was about to make a bad decision."

    The sense of character and setting is terrific, each breathing life into the other as writer-director Carl Franklin deftly navigates the complex, hardboiled terrain of this deeply compelling adaptation.…

  • The Terminal

    The Terminal

    ★★★½

    "What are you waiting for?"

    So shamelessly steeped in that classic Spielberg schmaltz, but not without purpose or craft. The Terminal often feels lost within the director’s canon. Released after both Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can and prior to War of the Worlds and Munich the following year, this romantic comedy-drama, much like its main character, seems to have fallen in a “crack” for most fans, though nearly $300 million at the box office is obviously no…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    "This is a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet."

    Crackling with a spirited originality made all the more pleasurable by the utter adoration for the narrative's influences, Rian Johnson's Knives Out is a whodunit for the ages; an irresistible, topical, and devilishly entertaining stroke of taut brilliance whose Christie-inspired roots find themselves simultaneously revered and rejuvenated with equal shades of Hitchcock, Columbo, and the filmmaker's genre-melding aptitude. The grasp on the assorted threads in play…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    "Come visit me tomorrow. Bring bagels."

    A carnival of consequences in the twilight of escapism.

    For what it's worth, which I know may mean very little for some depending on a score of considerations, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of Quentin Tarantino's more ambitious efforts to date; a sprawling hybrid hazily connected by a host of crisscrossing threads and clearly defined by a single conspicuous, unexpectedly melancholic tell. Where to begin when discussing the film conveniently eludes…