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  • Chinatown
  • Dune
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Sideways

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  • Mr. Landsbergis

    ★★★★

  • Away with Words

    ★★½

  • Piñero

    ★★★

  • The Parallax View

    ★★★★

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  • Local Hero

    Local Hero

    ★★★★

    Bill Forsyth constructs such a tight story here, a mix of fish-out-of-water and folksy whimsy as Peter Riegert is dispatched from his New York conglomerate to get a Scottish fishing village to sell its rights to get at oil underneath. Turns out everyone knows what they're getting into, as de facto spokesman Denis Lawson organizes a shrewd negotiation with Riegert to get the fairest price possible -- so the Scots can all afford Ferraris after it's all over. Riegert is…

  • The Missouri Breaks

    The Missouri Breaks

    ★★½

    Two movies in one: You get to watch Nicholson, Harry Dean, and Frederic Forrest as a team of rustlers making their living by poaching cattle in the great plains, AND you get to watch Brando hijack and ruin a film by disregarding his lines and locking horns with everyone on set as an enormous, corpulent distraction. This is more than director Arthur Penn can repair, and parts of this movie certainly work on account of it being a luxe ‘70s…

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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…