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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★½

    “Most people call it rain.”

    There is one transcendent moment in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. Walking home from the depot after his day driving a New Jersey Transit bus, Paterson (Adam Driver) spots a girl (Sterling Jerins) sitting by herself, reading. She is young, about 10 or 11—not so young that her solitude is negligent, but young enough that it triggers a sense of protectiveness in the former Marine. He asks if she is alone; she says she’s waiting for her…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★½

    “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere; I want it more than I can tell.”

    Contrary to Bob Wiley’s assertion, there are more than two types of people in this world. One’s fondness for Neil Diamond may be illuminating when it comes to the amount of visible chest hair with which one is comfortable, but it does not make for a comprehensive taxonomy of Earth’s inhabitants. For that, one would be better served—at least with respect to people of…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    “On TV it looks so real.”

    The chonmage was a traditional Japanese male hairstyle, usually associated with the samurai of the Edo period. Consisting of long hair oiled and tied into a topknot (commonly with the top of the head shaved), it is the formal name of what might colloquially be called the “samurai bun.” While it began as a practical device—the knot was used to hold the samurai’s helmet in place—it eventually became a status symbol in Japanese culture,…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober

    “Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”

    Gluttony

    He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.

    Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago…