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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    It takes a very special film to leave you stunned in your seat whilst the credits roll, collecting your thoughts in the dark, not quite ready to rejoin the outside world. With a plot that’s relatively simple, and a brisk ninety minute run time "You Were Never Really Here" provides quite the gut-punch. Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a bearded shuffling monolith with a performance that challenges the audience, provoking fear, sympathy, and condemnation in equal measure.

    Matching the subtleties of…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    The title says it all: Quentin Tarantino has made his own version of a fairy tale, full of archetypes and staples of the children’s stories we were read at bedtime. The valiant heroes, the evil villain, and the journey everyone must take to receive their just deserts – all of it is blended smoothly into a terrific-tasting mélange with his unmistakable flair. However, this is a different side of Tarantino we’re seeing here, as it’s a more introspective. Yes, his…

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  • Silverado

    Silverado

    ★★★★

    The film is obviously hampered by the studio edict to run as close to two hours as possible. Whole subplots go missing and poor Rosanna Arquette is nearly edited out of the film. I would love to see a director's cut produced one day. but I think Kasdan said on the commentary for the Criterion Collection laserdisc that the footage is missing.

    After working with Kevin Kline on this film, John Cleese wrote the role of Otto in "A Fish Called Wanda" specifically for Kline.

  • Robbery

    Robbery

    ★★★½

    Early in the film there is a long and very intense chase sequence through the streets of London. The editing, camera positioning and movement are probably as effective as they could have been during the early 1960s. The brilliance of this sequence was one of the key reasons why Warner Bros. hired directer Peter Yates for "Bullittt" the nest year.

    The film is based on real events. They are also recreated with such impressive precision that it gives the whole…

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  • At the Drive-In

    At the Drive-In

    ★★★

    Filmmaker Alexander Monelli’s documentary focuses on The Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, PA. A place that I have always wanted to visit. Like all good documentaries the film is not just about a place — it’s a story about people and a shred passion.

    The ragtag band that operate the theater are introduced and most viewers will be pulling for their success in their quest to keep the lights on by showing retro movies in 35 mm. The employees work…

  • Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

    Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

    ★★★

    In the late Eighties the video store shelves creaked under the weight of horror quickies. Memorable for its unique title and the casting of three Scream Queens, this film is passable, nostalgic fun, a reminder of a bygone age.