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  • The Great Beauty
  • Vampire's Kiss
  • Sonatine
  • Once Upon a Time in America

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

  • Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

  • Hustle

    ★★★★

  • Under Siege

    ★★★

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    A welcome antidote for the Marvel Universe in its dark, rainy, banter-free adultness.

    But...I found myself thinking during a few moments in this particular film how kind of inherently silly superhero movies are (ie. wearing capes while working), especially when they're trying not to be and are 3 hours long (ie. "um, can't you see this is actually a serious detective movie steeped in noir filmmaking?"). This left me wondering if I'm just getting too old for this shit.

    The…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    Pig defies expectations from start to finish. You think the film is heading down a familiar road, but it never goes there with a story and characters that are so fresh and satisfying. You think you're going to get an uncaged Cage, but instead, you get one of his finest, most restrained performances. I understand that this film could be a hard sell, and marketing wanting to conjure a stereotypical revenge-film vibe to draw an audience. However, Sarnoski has actually…

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★½

    Feels more like a sketch than a finished work when compared to some of Cronenberg's other films (watched this back-to-back with The Fly). Some thought-provoking Cronenbergian ideas and imagery nonetheless.

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★½

    Only at the most superficial level should The Lost City ever be compared to Romancing the Stone, otherwise your expectations will be set way too high.

    Stone is a film from an era where, even in a genre like adventure-romance, filmmakers/studios placed importance on real story with real character development, and providing the audience with genuine adventure and heart.

    In this film, there isn't a moment where you aren’t fully aware you are watching a group of movie stars on…

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  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    Uhh, the positive reviews for this show are baffling. I've read reviews that have even called it a "masterpiece"? What?

    I'm clearly not drinking from the Mike Flanagan chalice and the real miracle is that I actually finished all 7 episodes.

    Yes, there are a lot of long, theatrically delivered monologues in this show, you've probably heard. But, the biggest problem is the quality of the acting just isn't there for multiple (even secondary) characters to have multiple monologues. In…

  • The Good Liar

    The Good Liar

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The mystery is set up really nicely in the first two acts, but the story unravels in a groan-inducing final act once the inevitable and forced "twist" happens.

    Disappointing, because it's well made and most of the performances are quite good, particularly McKellen.