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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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  • Close-Up
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  • West Side Story

    ★★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

  • Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    ★★★★

  • The Summit of the Gods

    ★★★

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    Steven Spielberg had never directed a musical prior to his bold and occasionally breathtaking new adaptation of “West Side Story,” and yet it sometimes feels as if they’re the only kind of movie that he’s ever made. Spielberg’s images so fluidly dance with the sound around them that it can be impossible to separate the two. Indiana Jones might not burst into song during “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but his adventures are staged with a dance-like expressionism that evokes…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    The fact that men are the real monsters in Guillermo del Toro movies has by now become so vividly self-evident that pointing it out offers all the same insight of observing that Quentin Tarantino loves feet, or that the old guy who keeps popping up in the MCU had something to do with the comics, or that the damaged police robot some gangsters have reprogrammed into a wacky, slang-talking street punk is actually the same “Chappie” alluded to by the…

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