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  • Mary Reilly

    Mary Reilly

    ★★½

    Beautifully-designed and -shot, the best recreation of dirty old England that studio soundstages and fog machines can provide. The miscalculations begin at the script stage, with its mixture of austere costume drama and Grand Guignol horror (the Hyde-to-Jekyll transformation is impressively disgusting, even borrowing its imagery from the king of grotesqueries, Paul Verhoeven) not doing either side too many favors. But it's really sunk by the two lead performances, which are wrong in every conceivable way. Roberts' labored shrinking-violet schtick…

  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★★½

    An astonishingly confident piece of filmmaking even looking past that it's a debut, boasting camerawork so dynamic that every dialogue scene becomes basketball and every basketball scene becomes explosive action. And it's all tied to a script that's this perceptive about this many subjects; black masculinity and femininity, the simultaneous intimacy and animosity inherent in basketball, the systems in place that threaten the suck all the fun out of a sport done for love. And Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps are dynamite together. All that plus a "This Woman's Work" needledrop that kicked me straight in the heart, I can't ask for much more.

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  • Mattress Man Commercial

    Mattress Man Commercial

    ★★★★½

    For me, all of PSH's skills are conveyed in this. It's 53 seconds long, an almost precise recreation of a local mattress store commercial, and it only appeared on the 2-disc special edition of Punch-Drunk Love. In it, PSH plays his character in PDL, Dean Trumbell, the owner of a mattress store who also doubles as the leader of a phone sex ring. In this clip, he's recording a commercial on the top of the store's roof, wearing a too-small…

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    ★★★★½

    Man, if this miniseries accomplished anything, it should be getting Ryan Gosling that Oscar. I didn't even know it was him the whole time!