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matt has written 787 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Kundun

    Kundun

    ★★★★

    Nothing

  • The Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club

    ★★★★

    This may mostly miss its emotional targets but it's still a spectacular pastiche and a huge swing, and the relative backgrounding of the black characters' stories in that context seems less to me like an oversight or function of cinematic racism (though it certainly also has to reckoned with on those terms), and more of a subtextual keystone. Either way the final number gets me every time. MVPs: Woody Strode as the door guy, John Barry's gangster Bond score. Drop me off in Harlem.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    Yesterday is over, tomorrow's on its way.

    Scorsese's FORREST GUMP.

  • Mooch Goes to Hollywood

    Mooch Goes to Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Once upon a time...

  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★★★

    We own the night

  • Queen of Diamonds

    Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★★

    aka WANDA, Nevada

    The tree is there, on fire, burning to ashes, and all you know how to do is watch.

  • Crazy World

    Crazy World

    ★★★★

    Somebody oughta sell tickets.

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★

    "Sister Mary Francis...what the hell happened in here?!"

    Discussed on Episode 19 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Knives and Skin

    Knives and Skin

    ★★★★

    Think Nic Refn's THE ICE STORM and you're getting close.

  • Pelican Blood

    Pelican Blood

    ★★★★

    I found this intensely moving, a portrait of a woman of boundless, sincere love and empathy, and while we should stipulate that Nina Hoss seems incapable of a less than great performance, this may be my new favorite of hers. I insist that you see it.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    Give me some time to blow the man down.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★★

    "I want the world to know I exist!"

    Black dynamite.