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  • Violent Summer

    Violent Summer

    ★★★★

    This is an Italian divorcee melodrama until the last 30 minutes or so, when it ramps up into something more searing as the backdrop of a lost war effort contracts too close to coastal Italy to ignore. Eleanora Rossi-Drago plays the young widow whose husband was killed in the service, leaving her with a young daughter and a sense of limbo about how to move on. The irresistible Jean-Louis Trintingant plays a young draft dodger (and son of a local…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    Daniel Kaluuya is the show here as Fred Hampton, the ill-fated 21-year-old leader of the Panthers' Chicago branch, hunted by J. Edgar Hoover's corrosively racist bureau. The basis of the movie is the fateful intersection of Hampton and planted mole Bill O'Neill, a car thief cultivated by the Bureau to be an undercover agent. The torture of O'Neill's treacherous soul is evident, as rendered with fine delicacy by LaKeith Stanfield -- he knows he's going to lead to Hampton's death,…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    We're gonna be talking about this movie for years to come: Benny and Josh Safdie have outdone their previous effort, "Good Time," with this amped-up take on Jimmy Toback's "The Gambler." Sandler is a total degenerate, wagering anything he can get his hands on laying the seeds for his downfall with each risky parlay bet made on the flimsiest of hunches. The Safdies get tremendous supporting turns from Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Eric Bogosian, and Julia Fox among others, mixing…

  • Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    ★★★½

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was lined with shame and secrets, and people have been spilling the tea continually since then. (Kenneth Anger's seminal "Hollywood Babylon" is nearing its sixtieth anniversary, in fact.) It's common knowledge that many directors and actors lived double lived in the spotlight, to better adhere to post-Hays Code morality clauses laid down by the studio mandarins. But for as many Rock Hudsons as we knew about, there are still more people who went to their…