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  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★

    Visuals aside, this is just ok, but Charlize Theron is an exquisite badass.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    It's not so much that Melissa McCarthy is a revelation here as that she finally has a role that allows her to be more than just silly or weird (although she's occasionally those things too.) The real-life story of Lee Israel, a struggling, middle-aged, alcoholic writer who fell into a brief stint as a literary forger, should be something that works better on page than screen, but director Marielle Heller (THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL) translates Israel's own memoir…

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    Naming a favorite film by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is like doing the same for his closest progenitor, Yasujiro Ozu--nearly impossible, given their tendencies to revisit and refine themes of domesticity and humanism while maintaining a higher-than-average consistency. SHOPLIFTERS may have finally won Kore-eda the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year, but I could name at least three earlier titles of his equally deserving of the prize.

    This film hues most closely to one of those three, NOBODY KNOWS in…

  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★★★

    A damning, wholly effective precursor to NETWORK in many ways, only Billy Wilder's much more fun than Paddy Chayefsky (and far less blunt.) I'd take a walk over to Kirk Douglas's house just to hear him sneer at floozy Jan Sterling, "WHY DON'T YOU WASH THAT PLATINUM OUTTA YER HAIR?"