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  • Ace in the Hole
  • My Own Private Idaho
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  • Point Blank

    ★★★★½

  • Jonas Brothers Family Roast

    ★½

  • Scandal Sheet

    ★★★½

  • Take Aim at the Police Van

    ★★★½

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    "People like you are hung up on freshness. You realize what goes into a can of pineapple? The fruit must be grown, harvested, sliced, and you just throw it away! How do you think the can feels about that?"

    Sometimes comedy doesn't translate overseas or age well. Well then, dramedy does both better than almost anything, insofar as I find that strangely funny undercurrents to an already moving story can transcend era and place and make a great film timeless…

  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★★★

    It’s a movie movie. It exudes sleekness from all sides, so every scene can depict misery while feeling so delightful.

    Tony Gilroy has such a good grasp on playing with tropes here, to the point where this passed as a non-masterpiece for so many people. But it’s all for a cause, and the movie’s far-reaching conspiracy story is adorably all feeding into an optimistic arc.

    Nobody would guess from the trailer that you could leave feeling warm but the movie…

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  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★★★½

    "...Walker!"

    I try never to expect, but this was very much a film where I expected to be underwhelmed in the early going, or to admire without loving. The longer it went on, the less confident I became that I knew its shape at all. By the end the mesh is an uncategorizable genre salad: noir movie, spy movie, New Hollywood, Old Hollywood, classical, radical, robotic... but carnal.

    I always like Lee Marvin, and Angie Dickinson, and seemingly the films…

  • Scandal Sheet

    Scandal Sheet

    ★★★½

    Despite some '30s classics existing in the setting in comedy, Samuel Fuller perfects the newspaper film with his various noir scripts. This comes out the year of Park Row which is an embarrassment of riches. Fuller directs that one himself and it's better than Phil Karlson's Scandal Sheet... but not by too much.

    The plot wrinkle revealed early here (essentially the premise) grants the back half a lot of tension. Fuller on set is missed in the aesthetic, which is…

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★½

    I think I watched the wrong one.

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    First Cow wound up being both literally the film I was anticipating most this year and the one I didn't know how much I needed to see. It's one of the most tender and kind films I've ever seen, and the latest of many to make me wonder if in fact Kelly Reichardt is our best and most important director.

    An initially plotless mood film that surprises you with a welcome plotty late turn that elevates the movie's function, First…