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  • Twentieth Century

    Twentieth Century



    Second viewing, last seen 1995. Wrote it up for Watch This, so my gushing's located there; I do, however, still find both lead performances kind of exhausting by the end, even if it's clearer to me now that they're intentionally way over the top, as befits two people who can't distinguish between theater and life. Also takes much longer than I remembered to get onto the train—nearly half the film. Couldn't find an elegant way to include in my…

  • Police Story 3: Super Cop

    Police Story 3: Super Cop



    Second viewing, last seen 1996 (many years before I finally caught up with the first two; not sure I even knew then that it was a Part 3). Might have been the first Jackie Chan film I ever saw, actually. Wrote it up for Watch This. Watch this! It's a lotta fun.

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  • Moonlight



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


    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

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  • Sicario



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


    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

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