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  • The Apartment
  • The Big Lebowski
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Jaws

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  • Angel Face

    ★★★½

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★½

  • Oliver Twist

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★

    Schrader has made his film again so naturally people are hailing this as a masterpiece and confusing being right with being great. Love Haddish but hers is one of the worst written roles in living memory and you will undercut the power of your ending somewhat if you go with the faux freeze frame they used for the credits of Police Squad.

  • Nate: A One Man Show

    Nate: A One Man Show

    The only filmed hour of comedy I’ve ever watched from the edge of my seat.

    You know how performances are routinely referred to as “brave” when they’re patently not? Well, this is *brave*.

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  • Sour Grapes

    Sour Grapes

    This column originally appeared in The Independent on Sunday:

    Sour Grapes was released in 1998 and marked Larry David’s first artistic endeavour after Seinfeld.

    The plot involves two cousins, Richie and Evan, who head to Atlantic City for a weekend of gambling. Richie hits the jackpot on a slot machine and the only issue is that Evan lent him the two quarters he used on the winning spin and feels he is entitled to at least half the money. Chaos…

  • Beaver Valley

    Beaver Valley

    Nowhere near as erotic as the title suggests.