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  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★★½

    I held a grudge against this movie for years because I ran it for several weeks when I was a projectionist; it was eight reels long, which meant I had to stay late, and I really couldn't see why Nancy Meyers couldn't wrap it up in seven reels (still can't, to be honest). When viewed from the comfort of my home, though, it is admittedly pretty charming, especially the Winslet half (and especially especially the subplot with Eli Wallach). If Nancy Meyers is Michael Mann for women (or vice versa), then this is her Heat.

  • Bad Moms

    Bad Moms

    ★★½

    The leads are funny, especially Kathryn Hahn, but it wastes a great premise that could've gone to all sorts of hilariously strange and depraved places (then again, that version probably wouldn't have made $100 million).

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…