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  • 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…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    “I told you not to go in that house.”

    George Orwell, it is widely acknowledged, is one of the finest writers the English language has known. In his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell decried the sorry state of English writing—mostly political writing, though other types as well—and offered by way of corrective a set of six rules, including the following: (1) “Never use a long word where a short one will do”; and (2) “If it is…

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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…