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  • Wonder Wheel

    Wonder Wheel

    ★★

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

    Visually, Wonder Wheel is one of Allen's best-looking films. The opening shot is a stunning image of Coney Island. Some critics didn't like the dramatic lighting, but I enjoyed strong light reflecting the mood of the characters. The cast is quite good, especially Kate Winslet, whose final scene is so good it belongs in a different movie. There are some excellent long takes. The pyromaniac kid is an interesting idea, but (SPOILER ALERT) the character goes nowhere; I think it's…

  • Hands Over the City

    Hands Over the City

    ★★★★

    Outstanding black and white cinematography and Rod Steiger, while dubbed in Italian, is well cast as the scheming developer. Hands Over the City plays out almost like a documentary or a collection of newsreel footage than a conventional drama. The center never holds and the true voices of the people, like De Vita, are marginalized and made out to be extremists. The film is set in 1960s Rome but accurately depicts the 21st century robber barons of U.S. "free market" capitalism.

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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…

  • Saturn 3

    Saturn 3

    ★½

    Kirk Douglas sure could jump rope.