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  • Chungking Express
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Dead Ringers
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  • Blue Collar

    ★★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★

  • All the President's Men

    ★★★★½

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    I posted this (to no one) on Facebook — my brief thoughts on the film:

    I didn't hate it. But I certainly didn't love it. I'm not even sure I LIKED it. 

    There are elements that impressed me — I thought Affleck was great, loved Wonder Woman, and applaud the idea of casting Jeremy Irons as Alfred. 

    But overall I found it an exhausting, aesthetically ugly thing. Jesse Eisenberg was awful. The introduction of the JL characters was laughably dumb.…

  • Aferim!

    Aferim!

    It is the exclamation point in the title of “Aferim!” that seems to illustrate its creators’ intentions. A harsh, unflinching Romanian drama set in the 19th century, the film is – against all odds – very, very funny. (The title means “Bravo,” and, the Wiktionary tells us, it often has an ironic meaning.)

    Using the tropes of a Western and utilizing real narrative situations and dialogue from historical documents, “Aferim!” feels like an angry shout against the unbendable laws of…