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  • Scandal
  • Strangers When We Meet
  • Lenny
  • Crazy/Beautiful

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  • Blonde

    ★★★★★

  • The Heiress

    ★★★★★

  • Heartbreakers

  • Voyage of Time: An IMAX Documentary

    ★★★★★

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★★

    This is a relentlessly bleak vision of Hollywood, not the geographic space so much as the network of metaphors and mythologies obsessively pored over by multiple generations of artists (Nathanael West, Joan Didion, Bret Easton Ellis, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Billy Wilder, Vincente Minnelli, David Lynch, etc.). This is the Hollywood of damnation, the Hollywood of horror and noir.

    I haven't read the source material, but I admire Joyce Carol Oates as a writer. She's an excellent narrative craftsperson and…

  • The Heiress

    The Heiress

    ★★★★★

    "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters."

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  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    As I was exiting the theater, I heard a man tell the woman beside him, "Y'know, this was directed by the guy who made Uncle Bowie."

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★★

    In their third collaboration, director M. Night Shyamalan and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis offer a seamless merging of their visual sensibilities—this film showcases some of the most exciting camera direction and beautiful compositional intuitions in the auteur's career. In an era so staunchly focused on episodic, brutally message-driven media, it is almost indescribably refreshing to watch a film with a real sense for the power of well-crafted images.

    The film's far-reaching thematic ideas are its most interesting, but as with all…