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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2


    BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 meets THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL starring a CGI Peruvian bear. Rated PG.

    fuck this movie is so good 🐻

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    #1 on my Top 10 Films of 2017

    Critics spend a lot of time touting the experiential value of blockbusters with stories and settings that can’t actually be experienced. While I’m always up for escapism, I’m even keener on movies that transport us to real places with the kind of detail and texture that only celluloid can provide, as Luca Guadagnino does for Northern Italy in “Call Me by Your Name.” Much as the filmmaker previously did for Sicily in…

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  • Compliance



    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…

  • Starlet



    The ending is a sentimental cop-out, but that writer/director Sean Baker is able to craft a mostly believable friendship between an 85-year-old widow and a 21-year-old porn star is enough of a feat for one movie.

    "Starlet" is probably the most realistic fictional portrait of the modern porn industry yet; you never once question the authenticity of lead Dree Hemingway (Mariel's daughter, destined for greatness, hopefully with Woody) and supporter Stella Maeve as people in this line of work.