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  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★½

    The first 30 minutes were so obvious and heavy-handed that I almost didn’t bother watching the rest. But I’m glad I did, because the actual ‘revenge’ section has some masterful sequences and builds tension while throwing out several curveballs.

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    ★★★★★

    I hadn’t seen this old favorite in a while, and thought it would be a nice idea to screen it for the little ones. Afterward, the thoroughly shaken-up six-year-old turned to me tearfully and asked: “Daddy, why didn’t you tell us there would be dreams with scary clowns in it?...” 😬

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  • Man on Fire

    Man on Fire

    ★★★½

    As much as I should (and mostly do) dislike this film, I find myself returning to it time and again, probably drawn in by more than my fascination for Tony Scott's lurid high-contrast aesthetics or yet another powerful but one-dimensional Denzel Washington performance. The whole thing is politically, ideologically, and in most other ways impossible to defend, and yet it has the powerful taste of good, slippery pulp fiction, its many overblown idiocies adding to rather than detracting from its strength as a film. Moth, meet flame.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    Willem Dafoe is an even better Jesus in this than he was in The Last Temptation of Christ.