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  • Amadeus
  • Double Indemnity
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Magnolia

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • Lake Placid

    ★★

  • The Rescue

    ★★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I never finished Frank Herbert’s novel; David Lynch’s movie adaptation put me to sleep; and I read enough about Denis Villeneuve’s latest being all set up with no payoff. This all being said, I went into Dune with no expectations because I didn’t think I earned them.

    I left Dune wholly enthralled.

    I was and still am in a state of veneration, dread, and wonder. I am awed.

    To be only experienced in the theatre, Dune provides depth in its…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    The nuanced performance of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, the psychological interpretation of Director Pablo Larraín, and the mystery of what happens behind closed doors are exactly why the film medium was created in the first place: These components call for a multi-sensory experience of what could be safely read but valued more when felt.

    Documented history in school textbooks is one thing; historical fiction is a human thing. Did a seven-year-old Diana Spencer really clothe a scarecrow with her…

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    Even without his brother whispering advice in his ear, Joel Coen interprets this Shakespearean masterpiece in a way that is both suitable to literary traditionalists and devotees of anything “Coen Brothers-esque.” Carter Burwell’s timpani-pounded trademarks accompany this black-and-white, minimalist approach that breathes dread in a masterpiece that overcooked in past film attempts. If anyone can match subtlety with powerhouse, it’s salt-and-peppery Denzel Washington. If anyone can match his madness, it’s Frances McDormand. Together, the Macbeths glide into madness under the spell of a unique rendition of The “Three” Witches.

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★½

    There’s nothing like watching a new movie in which you have no expectations or context.

    Regarding The Green Knight, I may have been in a more undemanding position than my friend who already went in with a vast foreknowledge of this 14-century, Arthurian chivalric poem, entitled Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (author unknown). Where he had to decipher the validity behind the infamous “the-book-is-always-better” debate, I was a blank canvas and enjoyed every sight, sound, and underlying theme that…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    2020 Top Ten

    Bronson and Eastwood perfected vigilante justice in the 70s, Schwarzenegger rocked the paybacks with one liners in the 80s, Willis made Zed dead in the 90s, Uma killed Bill in the 2000s, Samuel L. got some off a Confederate general’s son in the 2010s, and now Cassie masters it on Al Monroe in Promising Young Woman.

    This is a revenge movie.

    And, it is a very good one. 

    More importantly, it is a Me Too statement and…