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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Days of Heaven
  • Local Hero
  • Grave of the Fireflies

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  • The Comedy of Terrors

    ★★★

  • Viva Max!

    ★★★

  • First Monday in October

    ★★★½

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

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  • The Comedy of Terrors

    The Comedy of Terrors

    ★★★

    A film with this cast ought at least to be fun but this is pretty tedious. Even more dispiriting that it's the work of an uncommonly good director (but doesn't resemble his classics at all). Maybe Roger Corman could have made more of this.

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★★★

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

    This seems generally to be regarded as a travesty and the novel is probably ineffable so far as cinematic adaptations go (nothing really happens that can't be visualised but the epic poignancy defies onscreen translation), but I can watch an adaptation of a book I've read, separate it from its source and judge it entirely on its own merits. So I liked this quite a lot and prefer it to the Baz Luhrmann version. The performances of all the leading…

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  • Worzel Gummidge: Calliope Jane

    Worzel Gummidge: Calliope Jane

    ★★★★½

    Having in only a few years made Worzel Gummidge a beloved staple of the Christmas TV schedules, is Mackenzie Crook ever going to do a Worzel story that's actually set at Christmas? As others have pointed out, those kids - genuinely, irreplaceably delightful as they are - won't be kids for many more Decembers.

  • Straight Time

    Straight Time

    ★★★★★

    It's heartening that there will always be wonderful discoveries to be made. I knew of this film but had never given much thought to seeking it out until I noticed it on Prime. It was a revelation, making a story that must have been told many times before seem newly minted with its direct, unfussy, totally heartfelt approach. Although the style and scale are quite different, there are strong emotional similarities to Michael Mann's "Heat". The only other Grosbard film I've seen is "True Confessions", which I didn't think was that special. I should probably give it another chance based on this.