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  • La Notte
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Scarecrow
  • Viva Las Vegas

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  • Tabloid

    ★★

  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • This Is Elvis

    ★★★½

  • Green Card

    ★★★½

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  • This Is Elvis

    This Is Elvis

    ★★★½

    Deeply weird documentary slash biopic, narrated from beyond the grave by Elvis and made with the blessing of Tom Parker, who does not intervene in protecting anybody's image except his own. Has a strange emotional pull that should be but isn't cancelled out by its voyeuristic appeal; hard not to hear the doomsday clock ticking over puffy Elvis making up nonsense lyrics and giving scarves away that just look so unpleasantly damp.

  • Green Card

    Green Card

    ★★★½

    The last 10 minutes of this movie go so hard, thanks in no small part to one of Hans Zimmer's more goosebump-inducing scores; there are few directors who understand how to use music better than Peter Weir. But I find myself running into the same problem I had with this film when I was 15, which is that Andie MacDowell is thoroughly unlikeable in it. She plays one of those type-A fusspots Meg Ryan would hone to perfection, but she's…

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I hate this movie for all its cutesy quoting of Wrath of Khan while trying and spectacularly failing to sublet its gravitas. I hate it for casting the whitest actor on Earth as a man named Khan Noonien Singh. I hate it for the way that every shot in the back half is a three-ring circus of lens flares, cluttered sets, and CGI embellishments. I hate it for turning Spock into Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory". I hate it…

  • Failure to Launch

    Failure to Launch

    ★★

    Kathy Bates has this beautiful moment at the end of the film where she worries about living alone with her husband of 35+ years for the first time in decades "because what if he doesn't like me?" It made me angry that I'd spent the last 100 minutes watching this movie instead of that one.