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  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★½

    The post-war hangover to follow Donen/Kelly's night out On the Town. Where their earlier collaboration was on the cusp of the 50s, and thus still mired in the earlier decade's lingering celebration of soldiers and the WWII victory, It's Always Fair Weather is firmly entrenched in the 50s expansion of consumerism and soul-sucking "suit" jobs designed to move every man, woman and child toward the elusive pursuit of the virtually unattainable American Dream. Whether through the brilliant passage-of-time montage that…

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  • High Tension

    High Tension

    ★★

    Couldn't see the killer, whose face is often partially obscured, and not think of Trump.

  • Outside the Wire

    Outside the Wire

    ★★

    "Set along the Ukrainian border in 2036, Mikael Håfström’s Outside the Wire finds the United States in an all-too-familiar position: purportedly playing peacekeeper in a war zone while wielding its unequaled military might. In the film, the U.S. is taking a two-pronged in its attempt to prevent a genocide in Eastern Europe, using remotely located drone pilots, like Lieutenant Harp (Damson Idris), and an array of on-the-ground troops—some human, others robots called Gumps, and one an A.I.-enhanced supersoldier named Leo…

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  • The Third Generation

    The Third Generation

    ★★★★

    "The other day I had a dream that capitalists created terrorism in order to force the state to better protect the business community. Funny, isn't it?"

    "Germany for the Germans. Everyone else will be sent home."

    It's impossible not to relate Fassbinder's dense and challenging portrait of capital and leftist activists to today's political climate. The Third Generation, virtually unavailable for over 25 years, presents a confounding, chaotic world view where capitalism, anarchy and terrorism constantly overlap and the political…

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★★

    Pickup on South Street, Sam Fuller’s brutal yet sensual masterpiece, begins on a speeding subway train, full of colliding bodies stuffed inside like canned sardines. No one speaks, but everyone glances; some at the floor or out the window, others at unsuspecting passengers, yet all attempting in one way or another to not betray what’s truly on their mind. Every initial glance is revealed to be misdirected until our anti-hero, Skip McCoy, bursts onto the scene to meet the sultry…