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  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    The Post has two messages that are vital today - one is that a free press is vital to any society's freedom, and the other is that commercialization of journalism has forced trade-offs that hurt us all. The subplot of Katherine Graham becoming strong in the company of men trying to tell her what to do is also significant - there is an especially delightful scene when Ben Bradlee's wife has to explain to him why Katharine Graham was taking…

  • Papillon

    Papillon

    ★★

    It's beautiful to look at, but good Lord, this film is depressing.

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  • Buster's Mal Heart

    Buster's Mal Heart

    ★★★½

    The ending was too abstract for me, I needed a little more insight into what really happened. Otherwise, Buster's Mal Heart is an intriguing film that I find myself still thinking about after watching it. A compelling performance by Rami Malek and unique music choices add a lot to the journey. If you enjoy films that are well acted, look good, sound good, and have a contemporary message that isn't always spelled out for you, then Buster's Mal Heart will…

  • To Have and Have Not

    To Have and Have Not

    ★★★★

    Yes, there are a lot of parallels to Casablanca. If you're going to steal, steal from the best. Worth watching just for the interchanges between Bacall and Bogart. And it's worth noting that according to Ian Fleming, James Bond looked like Hoagy Carmichael.