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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Finally a psychological drama with something to say and leave the viewer to think over!  First of many such films to grapple with the all too many contradictions of this world.

    A word on the ending: the bravery to setup a character who finds himself choosing between mass killing or self-destruction and winds up finding a third choice is downright beautiful.

  • A Late Quartet

    A Late Quartet

    ★★★★

    No reason to watch this except Hoffman and Walken.  The story drags and all the drama buttons are hit.  I’ll admit: I couldn’t look away.

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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    Standard setting biopic that goes to the trouble of exploring a complicated man who lived an interesting life. It wasn't one situation or trauma that this film sets out to examine but a series that haunted Malcolm to the end. He wasn't a saint but he was, by his own words, a man.

    I used to think Do The Right Thing was Spike Lee's most masterful joint. I was wrong. Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Clockers, Malcolm X all…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    One of the most beautifully shot and executed horror films I've ever seen. The soundtrack is almost useless. Too over the top and actually took me out of the film several times.

    But I'd watch it again. The use of memory, terror, elaborate death scenes are unforgettable.