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  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde

    ★★★★

    I love when a movie can surprise me by being really good. I knew going in that "Bonnie and Clyde" was an important film because it marks a shift in the level of amoral violence and sex appeal could be presented in film. But I didn't count on it being as exciting, funny or interesting as it turned out to be. Faye Dunaway is especially good in this as a girl seemingly seduced by the devil and slowly realizing her…

  • Steel

    Steel

    A contender for "Least Convincing Film" of all time. "Steel" is a truly special kind of bad that has to be seen to be believed.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve may be our best modern director, and "Incendies" may be his best film. It's also among the most difficult to watch, and not because it is mainly in French. It tells the tragic story of a mother and her children as they discover the truth about who they are. Gorgeously shot and startlingly well acted, it is among the best films this decade has to offer. And it is deeply affecting; I know I'll be haunted by this one for a long time.