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  • Duck Soup
  • Fargo
  • Sleeper
  • The In-Laws

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    ★★½

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★

  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★

    Unbearable is a bromance with bad chemistry mixed with a ham handed screwball comedy and the problems with this movie are all about Nick Cage. He can’t do comedy. And this movie is supposed to be a comedy. In Unbearable, Nick Cage plays himself, an action hero who wants meatier parts. The gimmick is that he gets sucked into a real life action hero adventure. It’s not a bad gimmick. Maybe Daniel Craig could do this part. But Nick Cage lacks the light touch required. The end result drags on forever.

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    Under the Banner of Heaven

    ★★½

    I’ve now seen Andrew Garfield do a great job in three truly bad movies: tick tick Boom, Eyes of Tammy Faye (Chastain was great, too), and this one. No, I haven’t watched the Spiderman thingies, not for me. Like in tick tick Boom and Tammy Faye, Garfield has to somehow elevate truly bad dialogue and melodrama in Under the Banner of Heaven. I don’t know how he does it. Under the Banner is a way too long true crime tale…

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  • 12 Years

    12 Years

    ★★★★

    12 Years A Slave
    3.81 out of 5.00
    This movie is more of a visual meditation on the destructiveness of slavery than it is a traditional narrative. The script isn't much, but the overall effectiveness of the imagery is exemplary. In 12 Years A Slave, every day is one of physical beauty - there is never rain in the forecast - but the lives of the slaves, in particular the life of one slave who had his freedom stolen, are…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    I knew an elderly woman, childless, who was scammed by a legal guardian. A cousin of that woman, living on the other coast, watched it happen. But she knew the woman had no more than 30K in assets and the scammer somehow thought she had more. For two plus years the scammer served as the woman's wonderful personal assistant. She got her groceries, took her to movies and to her doctor and favorite bakery. In the end, the scammer got…