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  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  • An American Werewolf in London

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  • Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

    ★★★½

  • House of Gucci

    ★★½

  • David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii

    ★★★½

  • Days of Wine and Roses

    ★★★½

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  • Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

    Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

    ★★★½

    This documentary focuses on the career of Lee Atwater, one of the most important and most pernicious political operators of the last 50 years. Not an ideolog, he chose the Republicans because that's where he saw the biggest opportunities in the early 70's (and most likely because that's where his sociopathic lack of ethics found acceptance) and he rose through the ranks of the Young Republicans to playing a key role in Reagan's Presidential campaign (where he backstabbed his boss…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    The first half hour of this is pretty good. Lady Gaga seems to have a real handle on her character and Adam Driver is beautifully restrained. Their courtship is nothing startlingly original, but it's done well, and when Jeremy Irons enters the picture it becomes sublime ... briefly.

    This first act may leave you asking whether Gaga really loves Driver or whether she's after his name and money. The answer is "yes". The film never really decides and that's really…

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  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    ★★★★

    In one sense I really think this movie is a little indefensible. It's so earnest and guileless in it's counter-culture portrayal of St. Francis that it should fail completely ... especially with a score by Donovan for heaven's sake. It's a very superficial treatment of quite a serious subject. However, there's something about the stunning painterly cinematography and meditative pace of the film that really works for me, although I'm quietly kicking myself for being taken in the whole time I'm watching it.

  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★½

    This is George Lucas' best film. I fully believe he feels this way himself since it's also the one film he hasn't felt the need to tamper with in any way. It's the film that demonstrates that he is capable of writing well-drawn characters and relating human stories in a manner that people can care about. This is clearly his most personal film, so perhaps that's why he can relate it to the audience in human terms. Additionally, it's quite an experimental film in it's own way. The soundtrack in particular is revolutionary for its time.