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  • Klute
  • Argentina, 1985
  • The Raid 2
  • The Raid

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  • The Thin Man

    ★★★½

  • Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★

  • Master of the Flying Guillotine

    ★★★½

  • Jaws 2

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★½

    Pure joy. Pure entertainment. Pure cinema.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    Like a brilliant piece of music conducted by a true maestro, this film weaves through many nuanced and complex story beats with a big character completely embodied by Cate Blanchett. It's not just the story, though, nor the lead character. Todd Field clearly has an understanding as to how to put something like this together. Deft and complex long takes. Sound design. The rest of the cast and their performances. The music choices.

    All in all, this pulled me in and I was mesmerized for the entirety of its 2.5+ hour run time. Stunning filmmaking.

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  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★½

    It's really Nick and Norah that make this film such an absolute delight to watch.

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers

    ★★★

    Interesting doc about identical triplets separated at birth who accidentally meet when they're 19 and set off a journey to discover why they'd been separated and their families never told about them being triplets in the first place. Nature vs. nurture. Research papers vs. human beings. Tragic outcome.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.

    I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.

    Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.

    Great film.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★½

    There was a moment in this film that I was expecting in some capacity, but the way it came at me was completely unexpected and thrilling. Up to that point, I was enjoying this film but wasn't in love with it. After that moment, everything shifted for me. Loved it.

    More movies like this, please! What an epic thrill to see this on the big screen. My biggest disappointment was that Fantastic Beasts 3 is still stealing the biggest screens so I had to settle with a more modestly-sized screen. Still, impressive as all get out.