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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    ★★★★★

    Still the greatest espionage film ever made.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    I'm in the bag for Yorgos Lanthimos; he's in the middle of one of the great cinematic runs. And while his Absurdist masterpieces can shock and put off some audiences, I find them deeply human and always funny. How can you not laugh in The Lobster when Rachel Weisz confesses that she's not afraid of the Red Kiss as much as the Red Intercourse: "I have never seen it happen, but it's not difficult to imagine what it means."

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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    Watched it with my 6-year old. Movie ends. Total silence. He whispers, "That was awesome."

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★★

    This unexpectedly became "family movie night" when my older boy -- he's 8 -- walked into my office and said, "So Star Wars is really about the two droids?" and I said, sort of. I explained that George Lucas had seen Hidden Fortress and liked telling a larger story through the supporting characters. So I showed him the first ten minutes of the movie, reading the subtitles aloud so he could keep up. He loved it. I was worried about…