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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Searchers
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Vertigo

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  • Band of Outsiders

    ★★★★

  • War of the Worlds

    ★★★★

  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★

  • The Quick and the Dead

    ★★

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  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★★

    Steven Spielberg taps into post-9/11 anxiety with this near expertly crafted update of the H.G. Wells classic.

  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    ★★

    Hints of Sergio Leone pepper this collection of pseudo-Western cliches made by filmmakers and for an audience that knows very little of the actual Western genre. Actors like Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe fill their boots appropriately, but Sharon Stone and director Sam Raimi don't really seem to know what they're doing.

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    A sacrilege and an abomination to the horror genre, if not cinema entire. Taking the outline of Dario Argento's 1977 horror masterpiece, director Luca Guadagnino adds an hour, removes all semblance of artistry, and inflates it with pomposity. Argento's film operated as a visually stimulating, fairy tale-nightmare, but Guadagnino operates as a predictable political allegory with little narrative cohesion. At one point Tilda Swinton muses that "(art/dance) must seek to break the nose of beauty." I profoundly disagree. Guadagnino, however, for what it's worth, seems to have succeeded.

  • Marketa Lazarová

    Marketa Lazarová

    ★★★★★

    Thank both Criterion and the movie gods for plucking this obscure Czech film from director Frantisek Vlácil out of obscurity. It owes much to Tarkovsky (ANDREI RUBLEV), a bit to Bergman (THE SEVENTH SEAL and some WILD STRAWBERRIES), and in turn Terrence Malick owes it almost everything. A hauntingly poetic, visually stunning medieval masterpiece set in the era when Christendom was replacing paganism in souls of lord and peasant alike, which has the power to remind me just how much of cinema there is yet to discover.