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  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Fargo
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Out of the Past

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  • Nothing Compares

    ★★★½

  • The Good Liar

    ★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★★

  • Riotsville, USA

    ★★★½

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★

    A grueling, evocative use of cinematic technique both old and new to embed the viewer in the interior life of a tragic character named Marilyn Monroe that a novelist wrote of. Without debating its fictionalization, it stands as a powerful, mesmerizing—if overlong—go-for-broke film, anchored by a powerhouse performance.

  • Riotsville, USA

    Riotsville, USA

    ★★★½

    A timely cautionary story comprised of archival military and TV footage that show the powers that be in dangerous denial, refusing to listen to studies that they disagree with, and creating alternative facts. Sound familiar? An urgent plea for us to learn from our own history.

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  • Sabotage

    Sabotage

    ½

    www.scene-stealers.com/reviews/video-reviews/sabotage-a-miscalculated-attempt-at-adult-drama/

    There is a moment in David Ayers’ moving police drama End of Watch when the two affable and dedicated LAPD officers played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña discover a pile of dismembered bodies in a house. It is an uncharacteristically gruesome moment in a movie filled with rich characterization — and it was jarring to say the least.

    I am particularly saddened to report then that with Ayers’ newest film Sabotage, it seems that the writer/director has given…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★½

    Spectacularly dull for a movie with so many inspired creative choices. Chalk it mostly up to a dull songbook with a hundred “tell, don’t show” moments.