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  • Desierto

    Desierto

    ★★★★

    An immigration horror film, with Harry Dean Morgan as the border boogeyman. The film's immediacy affords no time for rest, and makes you wait till the final moments to really think about the cost of illegal immigration. Do our policies encourage vigilante justice like what we see here? Is there a more humane way to handle those trying to cross illegally? The movie offers no answers, thankfully. It just tells its dark, terrifying story with incredible precision and breakneck pacing.

  • Frank & Lola

    Frank & Lola

    Maybe in my advanced age (of 40) I'm turning into a Puritan. I could not finish watching FRANK & LOLA. Halfway through this deeply disturbed film, I felt the urge to shower. Matthew Ross has made a movie that doesn't aim to tell a story so much as avoid the concept in favor of psychosexual set pieces featuring great actors emoting.

    I know it is generally frowned upon to write about movies you did not finish viewing. It is considered academically…

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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…