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  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Manhattan
  • Double Indemnity
  • Exotica

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  • Prayers for the Stolen

    ★★★

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★

  • Hoop Dreams

    ★★★★

  • Monday

    ★★★½

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  • The Unforgivable

    The Unforgivable

    ★½

    26/100

    A.V. Club review. This is so risibly bad that I found it hard to imagine how the acclaimed British miniseries from which it was adapted could possibly be good, especially given that the two are of reasonably comparable length. (112-min. film based on three 45-min. episodes.) So I watched a fair chunk of the miniseries finale, just to see whether it was dramatically different. And it was: same ludicrous plot twists*, but the performances lean into the melodrama rather…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★

    56/100

    A.V. Club review. I found the kid pretty insufferable; those who don't will have a much better time. As is the case in every Mike Mills film, the actor playing the mom (in this case Gaby Hoffmann) gives the strongest, most memorable performance.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    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:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    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.

    “I have to know,” Kate…