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  • The Boys Next Door

    The Boys Next Door

    ★★★★

    As she does in all of her films, Penelope Spheeris treats her two psychopathic leads in The Boys Next Door with equal parts disgust and fascination. Just like with The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years and Suburbia, she has an uncanny ability to create scathing social critiques while still empathetically exploring the hearts and souls of her characters. Roy and Bo spiral scarily out of control, yet as much as despicable as they become, it's impossible to not…

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    ★★★½

    This is full of an invigorating, if slightly dated, gung-ho Americana spirit and is all the better for its idealistic, nearly too perfect narrative. At times it's a bit dramatic, at others, it's a bit silly, but Jimmy Stewart (just about THE most likable guy ever) ensures that it never looses its footing.

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ½

    I have never been less invested in a story or less interested in characters. This is unbelievably bleak and boring.

  • Chef Flynn

    Chef Flynn

    ★★★

    Sundance 2018 #2

    Stitched together with mostly raw home videos, Chef Flynn feels amateur in execution.  But prodigy cook Flynn and his mother’s opinionated, and at times clashing, personalities make them entertaining characters to watch in their own right.  Wholly self-taught with ambitious enterprise that well exceeds his years, Flynn turns food into an artistic science.  It’s complex but he makes it look effortless, making it clear that his talent goes beyond recipe reading.  He has an eye for plating,…