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  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Blade Runner
  • Chinatown
  • Taxi Driver

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  • Shrink

    ★★★½

  • Elvis

    ★★★½

  • 25th Hour

    ★★★★

  • Less Than Zero

    ★★½

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  • Shrink

    Shrink

    ★★★½

    Dr. Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is at the center of Jonas Pate’s 2009 satirical drama Shrink. He drifts in and out of consciousness in between his appointments with his Hollywood clientele at his psychiatry practice. We open the film in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide. Carter is in an almost constant state of inebriation with a joint perpetually perched on his lip. He’s emotionally stranded while attempting to help his patients navigate a world that is unforgiving and manipulative.…

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    Austin Butler is magnetic in his tour de force performance of Elvis Presley, good enough for an academy award nomination I believe. Tom Hanks is cartoonishly grotesque as the film’s villain and he might very well be nominated for a Razzie. And though the plot isn’t perfect it kept me entertained and a smile on my face for most of its 160 minute run time. Not being a fan of the musical in general, I actually enjoy most of Baz…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★½

    When a project like Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is announced, cinephiles perk up and take notice. With an all star cast and a classic Agatha Christie Murder-mystery setup, the collective cinematic community eagerly awaited the November release of a film that offered promise. What we received instead is something akin to a slap in the face by a petulant child who has a thin and ignorant grasp of the cinematic art form. Investigating the death of a wealthy patriarch, Benoit…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★★

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

    S. Craig Zahler has become something of a virtuoso film maker with his first two attempts. Both are outstanding exploitation genre films, the horror western Bone Tomahawk (2014) and Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2016). Both films combine a craftsmanship for filmmaking sorely missing from the active landscape of young filmmakers in today’s generation. They also have intense scenes of gorey violence that make any audience member wince in either disgust or delight. A throwback to the trashy crime films…