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  • Grey Gardens

    ★★½

  • The Prisoner of Zenda

    ★★★★

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★★½

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★★

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  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★★

    I thought X was a decent, stylish slasher movie, but I have to say that neither Mia Goth's performance (either of them) nor the character of Pearl were the parts I really liked. So I lollygagged on getting to Pearl, figuring I'd wait for streaming.

    Turns out I'm glad I ventured out to a local theater, because — as everyone said — Pearl is a horror movie but otherwise almost completely unlike X. Really, the only context that X explicitly adds to…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    I remember watching this movie on TV — apparently in 1983, when I was 13, which is when it premiered — and finding it completely terrifying, huddling with my mom and hoping Wendy and Danny made it out. And ever since then, I've had a vague voice saying "yeah, that was good, but don't watch it again" in the back of my head. (Made easier because I'm in the "Kubrick's cold genius doesn't do it for me" camp, in general.)

    Since then,…

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  • The Prisoner of Zenda

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    ★★★★

    Threw this on as a whim when looking through what was leaving the Criterion Channel that night, and what a delightful surprise!

    Rousingly entertaining in a way that feels old-fashioned but is really just nice, tight storytelling and classic Hollywood direction. I was familiar with the title but knew nothing else about it going in.

    Did not expect a supporting villain performance for the ages — Fairbanks is delicious as Rupert of Hentzau. Both of his major scenes opposite Colman — when…

  • Grey Gardens

    Grey Gardens

    ★★½

    Honestly feel like I can't really rate this as a movie, because the subjects are so unpleasant.

    I have a lot of sympathy for the Edies, but they also annoy me in a way that sitting through 90 minutes of them bouncing off of each other and feeding raccoons was almost unbearable.

    I do feel like this comes across as a movie made by people who don't think they're gawking at weirdos but are in in their heart gawking at weirdos. But making it elevated.

    At any rate, this is a well-made documentary that I would never voluntarily sit through again, so 2.5 stars? Sure.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

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

    Scattered thoughts:

    Among so many other riches, this features my favorite Scarlett Johansson performance since GHOST WORLD. In that one she was perfectly affectless; in this one she's almost all affect.

    This is an intimate portrayal of a momentous event: What happens when we create artificial intelligence?

    This would make a fantastic double feature with A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. "Artificial" love as hardware vs. as software.

    Contrast: artificial life forms in a futuristic Los Angeles here vs. in BLADE RUNNER. (I…

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★

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

    After 25+ years of cinephilia, I'm ready to call it: I don't really get Brian De Palma. He's clearly talented — an incredible crafter of moments, if nothing else — but he reminds me of talented people who never really put forth their full effort so they can always excuse flawed work. De Palma could direct a masterpiece if he really wanted to.

    Sisters is a case in point but also makes clear why people have recognized De Palma's potential for decades.…