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  • Sully

    Sully

    ★★★★½

    "It's been a while since New York had news this good... especially with an airplane in it."

    Jon Ronson wrote a book titled, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed." It sought to expose a vicious proclivity in the hive mind of indignant masses. While Sully is hardly shamed in the eyes of the public, the same can't be said of the NTSB or the media; inclined as it is to service tension and forge doubt even in those having directly participated…

  • Canyon Passage

    Canyon Passage

    ★★★★★

    Easily one of the best Westerns I've ever seen, CANYON PASSAGE is elegant, intricate, nuanced and just phenomenally crafted. The writing is as vibrant as the Pacific Northwest colors that embolden the environs. At once masterfully low key and simmering with wanderlust and unrealized romance, CANYON PASSAGE derives much of its drama from questions of an existential nature. What does "home" mean in the era of burgeoning metropolises? Competing theories play out side by side as homesteaders find their "home"…

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  • Four Sons

    Four Sons

    ★★★★

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

    What a surprise this was. FOUR SONS is simply immaculately crafted. With some of the best photography I've ever seen in a silent film, Ford envisions a familial tragedy as only he could. A saintly woman and her four sons reside in a storybook small village in rural Bavaria; the type of place where everyone knows everyone and birthdays are celebrated as a community. The saintly mother even doles out cake to the village children on her own birthday. She…

  • California Split

    California Split

    ★★★★

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

    This film crackles with an infectious energy. Altman's soundscapes serve as an isolating contextual menace underlining a fascinating tale of homoeroticism. Altman is both pointedly clever about this -- bartender asking if William would like some nuts after he was called a "faggot" by an obnoxious female patron -- and discreet by suggesting a deeper and more sexual intimacy between the two male leads by way of glances and deflection. Charlie lives with two female prostitutes he never makes moves…