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  • Lawrence of Arabia
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  • Memoria

    ★★★★½

  • A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★

  • Margot at the Wedding

    ★★½

  • The Lusty Men

    ★★★★

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    A determined but hapless man who thinks he’s more competent than he is gets mixed up in a crime, and everything proceeds to go horribly wrong. That's a plot hook that the Coen brothers have riffed on several times throughout their shared career, most visibly so in Blood Simple, Fargo, and this, their first film conventionally adapted from a literary source.* What distinguishes No Country for Old Men’s take on this plot hook from its predecessors’, and indeed from the…

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★★★

    When you’re starting out on your cinephile journey, Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game* is one of the first experiences you’re likely to have where a film’s lofty reputation confuses you. I say this as someone who had such an experience. I first saw the film at age 16, when my knowledge of world cinema and filmmaking in general was still developing - to give you some sense of where it was, I was confident enough to say that…

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★½

    I can't write as much as I wanted to about this, because it's been nearly three hours since I saw it and (nothing to do with the film) I have a splitting headache. So I'll be brief: I'm thankful I watched it on the big screen, because I have a strong feeling that only in a cinema would I have felt able to completely give myself over to the experience. Apparently it's two-and-a-quarter hours long, but it feels more like…

  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★

    This is a rare case of a screenplay-driven film soaring on the strength of practically everything except its writing. Which isn't to say this script is bad exactly (if I were an actor, I would want to eat up Budd Schulberg's dialogue), just that it's dragged down by several not-inconsiderable flaws. For one thing, Schulberg is a little too happy for this to be a '50s message picture, spelling out what it wants us to take away - on top…

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