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  • Brick
  • The Big Heat
  • Bamboozled
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  • Wrath of Man

    ★★★

  • Five Fingers of Death

    ★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★½

  • Black Belt Jones

    ★★★★

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★

    It’s not inconceivable that this is secretly brilliant; could it be Guy Ritchie’s version of Sisters, deconstructing the entire genre in which he has happily wallowed, proclaiming crime-lad films as such cynical exercises that everybody and everything involved is too silly to have been worth taking seriously, pip-pip, cheerio, and Bob’s your uncle? Alas, I don’t think so.

    Instead, I’m pretty sure Richie is sincerely executing a cynical ploy, It is once more unto the breach to get his (non-Disney)…

  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    ★★★★

    By simplifying and making the story more direct, the movie manages to make the narrative less depressing than that of the novel, which is a good thing. The intellectual knowledge that love can’t extend our lives (that one gets when reading a novel) is different from watching people grasp after it on film. Watching these young beautiful people stand in middle-to-close focus, while lovely music lilts, short-circuits one’s empathy relay. It makes the implicit allegory emotionally obvious even as the…

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  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★

    Over the last few of decades of film, it has often been the case that a director will take a woman with whom he is in love and create a movie that is a cinematic monument to how beautiful that person was at that time.

    Examples include Woody Allen creating Annie Hall for Diane Keaton, Luc Besson creating The Messenger for Milla Jovovich, and Quentin Tarantino making the Kill Bill movies with Uma Thurman.

    But not a single one of…

  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★★

    Another movie that I regret not watching previously. To be fair, it has a mixed critical reputation, but there are a couple of things going on with that, I think.

    The first is that this is a technically limited film. The squishy wiggly sound-effects go a long way, but the decision to keep undercutting the sound design by showing a mass of shiny plastic that rarely moves even by the standards of yesteryear presents a real problem for anybody looking…