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  • Checkmate

    Checkmate

    ★★★

    A woman tries to hide a gift from her lover from her husband. This intriguing short has a clever twist.

  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    ★★★★

    With gritty realism, the film follows a young irresponsible factory worker (a superb Albert Finney) and his relationships with 2 women, one of whom (Rachel Roberts, also strong ) is married to a co-worker.

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  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite American films. this intense, emotionally powerful masterpiece depicts the desperation driving a Depression-era dance marathon.

    The film is full of memorable portraits - Jane Fonda's bitter desperation contrasting with Michael Sarrazin's sensitivity as her dance partner, Susannah York's increasingly frazzled would-be-actress, Red Button's aging sailor, and Oscar-winning Gig Young as the manipulative master of ceremonies.

    Sydney Pollack's superb directions gives a vivid sense of the harsh conditions of the marathon. The sprints where contestants race and 3 couples are eliminated are particularly harrowing.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    A terrific and inventive film with the cast in peak form, highlighted by the strong chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. DiCaprio plays a former TV Western star now reduced to guest appearances s a villain. Pitt plays his stuntman, loyal friend and chauffeur.

    DiCaprio's character's reaction to his changing career gives the film an undercurrent of melancholy as does Margot Robbie's endearing portrait of Sharon Tate.

    Tarantino has created an impressive recreation of Hollywood in the late 1960s…