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  • The Shining
  • All That Jazz
  • Mulholland Drive
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  • Black Mass

    ★★★★

  • Belfast

    ★★½

  • The Conversation

    ★★★★

  • Inception

    ★★★★★

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  • Black Mass

    Black Mass

    ★★★★

    Johnny Depp--once he became a significant box office draw--seemed to only be interested in film roles if he could dress up. If he didn't have wild hair, eccentric costumes, crazy make-up, or notable facial hair, he didn't seem interested. I think only PUBLIC ENEMIES and FINDING NEVERLAND were the exceptions in this in his days since PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN. I can't help but think that BLACK MASS had great 'mob-film' appeal to Depp, but in order to do it,…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★½

    I'm begrudgingly clicking the 'heart' on this review. I just can't ignore all the lovely little success and sweet touches in Kenneth Branagh's new film. Performances--mostly great. Jamie Dornan is flat, somewhat like yesterday's unfinished glass of Pepsi, but he suffices. Jude Hill in a central child performance--great. Cinematography--beautiful. There are wonderful touches of colour in the glimpses of cinema and the brief images of present day. It's good stuff. There are some tender scenes along the way too, especially…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    With all of its production value, gimmicky roving camera, and (falsely advertised) real-time narrative, 1917 is impressive to experience, but honestly is a little light on an emotional core. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman lack the weight, it seems, to make me care about them. Honestly, the long, 'look-at-me' shots have such forward momentum and 'what's next' drama, the audience never really gets a moment to slow down and get to know these young soldiers. And, that's what I think…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    The reference to 'Nomad' in the title of Chloe Zhao's new film has a twofold meaning. Quite literally, Frances McDormand lives a nomadic existence. She lives in her van and travels across the expanse of the US countryside, stopping along the way for periods of seasonal work. She's like a member of an ancient pre-agriculture civilization, always moving, no home, following a roaming food source. Only she roams and camps in her van. In Zhao's film, Nomad also refers to…