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  • The 400 Blows
  • Imitation of Life
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • The Silence of the Lambs

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  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

    ★★★

  • I Am Love

    ★★★½

  • Lottery Ticket

    ★½

  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money

    ★★½

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  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ½

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • The Queen of Versailles

    The Queen of Versailles

    ★★★½

    Frankly, those who argue that the film presents the Siegels as contemptible villains of the financial crisis could not misunderstand the film or the financial crisis itself any more.

    The Queen of Versailles is actually about how eerily similar its subjects are to the average American: they over-borrowed and overspent themselves into oblivion, completely ignorant of and/or complacent to the fact they were being played by the banks. Sure, they may have been financing a lifestyle thousands of times more…