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  • Band of Outsiders
  • Children of Men
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Local Hero

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  • Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

  • Thunderball

    ★★★★

  • The Final Countdown

    ★★★½

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  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★½

    The extended cut is definitely better than the theatrical release.

    You can tell that David Fincher is on his way to making tense and tight films, but this one isn't there yet. All of the non-story elements are pretty great. The sets, art direction, costumes, lighting, the colour of the film, the emotional tone -- all these things really work. Fincher will reuse these techniques in Se7en and Fight Club to great effect, but here they just don't have the…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    Notorious is such a great film.
    Ingrid Bergman is luminous, and her chemistry with Cary Grant is amazing.
    Hitchcock's direction and photography are some of the finest ever. Pretty close to cinematic perfection.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    ★★★½

    A week has gone by, and I'm still thinking about this movie. Yes, it's low-budget, and has the look of an ABC after-school special. But I saw it right after I read the book for the umpteenth time. And rather than judging it on its merits, I think I initially judged it harshly for what it is not.

    It is not 1984. And it's definitely not Children of Men. And while I think a helping of Alfonso Cuarón's gritty, natural…

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    "Say Rose one more time, motherfucker!" - Jules Winnfield