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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★★

  • Willy's Wonderland

  • Damien: Omen II

  • Savage Streets

    ★★★

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  • Children of the Corn

    Children of the Corn

    A movie like this would need never be made if one of the dumb adults had called child protective services from the first minute. On the other hand, it's great to see Ben Shapiro get screen work before he became a pseudo-intellectual conservative pundit.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Although “Phantom Thread” is said to be written under entirely original circumstances, the actual source of P.T. Anderson’s film comes from a personal experience, during which he was stricken ill and tended to by his wife who looked upon him with a “tenderness” he had rarely experienced. This, he notes, is the central point driving the circumstances surrounding the characters of his story, who otherwise seem to float through a dreamlike trance of emotional distance and faux courtesies. At the…

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  • Basic Instinct 2

    Basic Instinct 2

    Sharon Stone so persistently owns what she does on screen in “Basic Instinct 2” that one is likely to find her conviction admirable, even if she is basically a PR agent selling a defective product with a straight face. Far lesser sorts might have inspired a sympathetic gesture, but this is a woman in no need of such pity – with every wince of her stern gaze and gurgle of a monologue she sneers confidently back at the camera, as…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    The ambitious “La La Land” opens with a marvelous scene on a congested freeway overpass, where nameless extras vacate their cars to share in the moment of a colorful musical interlude. Their choreographed zeal is carried by near-perfect technical aptitude that sees the act lifted into the reveries of aesthetical greatness; the camera persists across four minutes of song and dance in one seemingly unbroken shot, and the routine is mirrored by dancers on top of cars that seem to…