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  • Graduation

    Graduation

    ★★★

    The premise is stellar — an honest man is tempted to do something corrupt after the sexual assault of his daughter puts her all-important exams at risk — but the execution leaves much to be desired. Cristian Mungiu’s GRADUATION is all about corruption, hypocrisy, and the consequences they have on family and society, but it lacks an interesting point of view. The film is told from the perspective of Romeo, a doctor who can’t heal anyone, especially those most important…

  • ThanksKilling

    ThanksKilling

    ½

    This movie is why we need zero stars as a rating option.

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    There’s a long tradition of movies about television broadcasting. The two most successful are Sidney Lumet’s NETWORK and James L. Brooks’ BROADCAST NEWS. Both satirize telejournalism with a keen eye, revealing the shady behavior beneath the public image of integrity. Those films were made in the 70s and 80s, respectively. Since, the cynical attitude towards American journalism has only grown. We all know networks are in it for the ratings. We know getting us “truth” in journalism is not as…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★

    A BONNIE & CLYDE for Generation X, Tarantino's script is a great exploration of romance as artifice and posturing. His criminal lovers, the unhinged slacker Clarence (Christian Slater) and free-spirited prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), are married in a courthouse, but consummate their passion in a movie house.

    Clarence is every bit the cool, badass tough guy that Jean-Paul Belmondo was in BREATHLESS, only significantly more excited by the violence Belmondo flirted with. And where Belmondo was undone by love, Clarence is…