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  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    Cold, dull film about a young woman who is on the phone a lot.

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

    ★★

    Pretty straightforward (for C. Nolan) story about a criminal who gets the goods on the cop who's investigating him. Nice non-comedic performance from Robin Williams.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring, a fairy tale come to life. A zealously righteous puritan thinks the other puritans are too lax, so he takes his wife and five children and leaves the settlement to fend for himself. Not long after, his infant son vanishes when his daughter, who is playing with him, blinks. Literally, the baby disappears in the wink of an eye.

    The film does a great job of showing the horrific consequences that the Calvinist branch…

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Wow, it was a trip watching this film again after twenty six years. The first time, in the theater way back when, was unbelievably intense--you couldn't believe all this stuff was happening before your eyes. The second time, you saw the humor. Then Tarantino became the most imitated director in Hollywood, along with Spielberg, and that does weird things to a rewatch decades later. It all feels so tame and ordinary now. The assassins chatting on their way to work…