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  • The Right Stuff
  • Blow Out
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Do the Right Thing

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★½

  • Bergman Island

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    About what I expected: a by-the-numbers biopic powered by a charismatic lead performance and the deliciously overwrought music of Queen. The music and Mercury deserve better. The laziness of the whole endeavor leads to loads of unintentional laughs, but, as a Queen fan, it’s mostly infuriating.

    I don’t know if this the worst movie ever nominated for Best Picture, but it’s absolutely in the running.

  • Domino

    Domino

    No star rating for this one because it’s not a finished movie. It’s agonizing to watch at times. There’s a fun rooftop chase that was pretty clearly temp tracked to the “Kidnapped” cue from NORTH BY NORTHWEST (which is amusing because the sequence is a riff on VERTIGO), but it plays like a walk-through. The bullfight finale is brilliantly conceived, but it feels like the money shots are missing. De Palma was forced to rush through principal photography due to…