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  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    ★★★★

    Such a sad story.

    Feels like a three-hour epic squashed into 90 minutes.

    Someone should have escorted Christof out during the climax, like, "You're clearly not coping!"

    There are a lot of plot holes like that. Don't think for more than a few seconds about all the points at which the whole charade could (and should) fall down. It's worth deluding yourself to preserve the illusion. How's that for life imitating art imitating life?

    The scene on the bridge where…

  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★★½

    Incredible commitment to alienating me, the discerning viewer, by chopping and highlighting and overlaying and soundtracking every last second of the running time. It's a shame because Tan has a compelling story that ought to provoke reflection on friendship, mentors, con artists, abuses of power, and the monumental difficulty of completing a feature film. The interviews with Jasmine and Sophie are particularly insightful, especially when they confront Sandi about her most frustrating personality traits. Instead, I couldn't see past the…

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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★

    Kelly Reichardt, cinema's foremost chronicler of the tedious, strikes more gold in the Old West. A sparse, beautiful film of few words and faintest hope. Michelle Williams' face is as hypnotic and unyielding as the parched Oregon landscape.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★

    **This is a review of the Director's Cut**

    The Vangelis score is epic, and the visual style gave us a new film language. Beyond that, BLADE RUNNER feels patched together from an incomplete and/or troubled production.

    For a start, Deckard is a terrible bounty hunter. Every single one of his quarries could easily have killed him; he is saved in each case by the screenwriter's need for him. A lot of the stuff that happens in the film -- and…