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  • Tusk 2014

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    Hard to go off the rails when Depp shows up if it was never on the rails at all. Good Lord, I'm embarrassed to have seen this.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992

    ★★★★½ Added

    Considering you need the show to make any sense of this at all -- and even then, you can't really, because this is a David Lynch film -- when it focuses on Laura Palmer and Leland Palmer and the core character dynamic there, it's truly, shockingly effective on its own. Sheryl Lee gives one of the best performances in a Lynch film, up there with Naomi Watts, Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern (in INLAND EMPIRE). Of course I'm reluctant to…

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  • Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    Perceptive, warm and humane in ways I didn't know I could expect from a movie with this premise. But strip away the sci-fi sheen and what do you have? The story of every relationship, or at least every love. And the story of self-actualization and growth beyond a partner, and the story of grief over a past failed relationship, and all these broad themes about longing and connection writ so small, but so precisely. There are moments in this film…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    You say Dennis Lehane wrote this?! Why, I never!

    While that doesn't surprise me based on some of the narrative turns and various skeletons in the closet presented here, you gotta hand it to him for crafting a pretty solid character-centered crime drama like this, which didn't flip my wig, but got the job done. The climactic scene where a character's true colors are flown was kind of a stunner; the whole film builds to that, though, which means it builds to something in a slightly lower key than many are probably expecting.