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  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Brazil
  • Schizopolis
  • Psycho Goreman

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  • A Royal Scandal

    ★★★

  • A Hero

    ★★★★

  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

  • Old

    ★½

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  • Bloodthirsty

    Bloodthirsty

    ★★½

    "When making a werewolf movie on a limited budget (which describes nearly all werewolf movies released these days), the power of suggestion can be a useful tool for a director to have in their kit. Add some growling to a tracking shot and the audience will fill in the rest. Whichever marginally defined character is being followed at that moment is likely being stalked by some unseen creature and the actor playing them probably won’t be showing up on the…

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★½

    "One of the most heartbreaking scenes in Samuel Fuller’s hard-boiled oeuvre comes partway through his 1953 noir Pickup on South Street (streaming this month as part of the Criterion Channel’s “Fox Noir” series). Necktie-and-information peddler Moe Williams comes home to her cramped apartment after a long day and a hard life, trudges over to her bed, puts on a 78, and lies back to add up the numbers and see how close she is to affording her long-sought-after funeral plot.…

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  • A Royal Scandal

    A Royal Scandal

    ★★★

    "Even in her most furious moments, her majesty shows exquisite taste."

    Any film that sets up Vincent Price as the French ambassador to the court of Catherine the Great, gives him a single scene opposite Charles Coburn's chancellor, and then promptly forgets about him for 75 minutes clearly doesn't have its priorities straight.

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★

    "I wish I could pay him back and not be so humiliated."

    If it's true no good deed goes unpunished -- and writer/director Asghar Farhadi certainly seems to believe that's the case -- then that goes double for a good deed you're backed into doing by circumstances beyond your control -- which Farhadi is also a big proponent of -- and still want to take credit for.

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  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    What's that? You say there's a movie called Gaslight? Sorry, dear. Never heard of it. You must have imagined the whole thing.

  • Saving Christmas

    Saving Christmas

    This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:

    5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
    3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
    2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
    7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…