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  • North by Northwest
  • Citizen Kane
  • L'Atalante
  • The Selfish Giant

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  • 1941

    ½

  • Always

    ★★★½

  • The King's Speech

    ★★½

  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    ★★

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  • 1941

    1941

    Ironically for a film about WWII fighter pilots, not one of its jokes lands.

  • Always

    Always

    ★★★½

    Possibly the only Spielberg film where the most notable thing is the performances: Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss have real chemistry, so do Holly Hunter and Brad Johnson, and finally in a platonic way so do Holly Hunter and John Goodman. That's right, Holly Hunter is the star, and she gives a performance that would've impressed Howard Hawks himself in her gutsy determination to keep up with, and finally exceed, the male pilots in terms of bravery. It's also the…

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  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★★

    It might only be the giddy high I'm on from having just walked out of the cinema, but I think this might be the best live concert film I've ever seen.

    Billed as the "Black Woodstock", it's certainly a better film than "Woodstock": tighter, funnier, more exciting, and thanks to director Questlove (who's best known as The Roots' exceptional drummer) edited with much more rhythmic feeling for the music.

    The footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that was unearthed…

  • American History X

    American History X

    Quite shameful, as well as utterly ridiculous, that this well-intentioned but pedestrian and simplistic racist redemption arc movie ranks higher than any film directed by a black person on the IMDb top 250. "Do the Right Thing" isn't even on there, FFS.