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  • Casablanca
  • Memento
  • Mary Poppins
  • Raising Arizona

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  • The Duchess

  • The Way Back

  • A Prophet

    ★★★★

  • Amélie

    ★★★★

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    ★★★

    This was the first time I'd seen it since 2009. It looks really, really neat, and everything else about it is average. And honestly, looking neat doesn't impress me anymore. Digital effects have long since become so good in Hollywood films (generally speaking) that I take it for granted that whatever they spent all that money on is going to look convincing. (It's different when I'm watching a movie made before CGI.) At this point, I think giving a movie extra credit for creating a realistic-looking fantasy world is like gushing about a movie in 1935 because it has sound.

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    ★★½

    Robert Altman was a great filmmaker who could really bore the hell out of you when he wanted to.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    The title character dropped out of med school and has chosen as her life's work a campaign to teach brutal lessons to men who take advantage of drunk women. She has justice in mind for a few specific individuals, too.

    Some might say that her tactics go too far. If this were a true story I'd probably have some qualms. But as fiction, I can just enjoy it, like watching someone else drive a car recklessly while I sit safely…

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    I hadn't seen this since Sundance 2002, where it was a big hit, and where Roger Ebert famously shouted down an audience member who, during the Q&A, scolded Lin for making a movie about Asian-Americans that didn't show them in a wholly positive light. Ebert was NOT HAVING IT. I wish I had been at that screening (and then for some reason ignored common sense and stayed for the Q&A).

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzP9YV3jbc

    It's a very confident debut film (solo debut; Justin…