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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★

    Like Suspiria, but with Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" and models instead of witches and ballerinas. And if directed by Adrian Lyne.

    Very beautiful, but not one likeable character.

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    I can think of no better use of T.J. Miller, James Cordon or Anna Farris' talents.

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    In a Tom Waits song come to life, Tony Quinn plays an itinerant strongman who buys a mildly retarded girl and trains her to be his clown/assistant. They lead a miserable life on the road, which leads to accidental murder.

    Fellini's film is full of beautiful b&w photography of bleak post-war Italy and Dick Basehart appears in what I can only describe as the "Danny Kaye" role.

    Recommended for fans of depressing cinema.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is as much a movie about family as it is about revenge.

    Oh...and it's very much about revenge.

    When "Blue Ruin" begins, Dwight is homeless and living out of his car. He's dirty and bearded (non-hipster) and is sneaking into people's houses to take surreptitious baths. Speaking as someone who has lived in his car for short periods of my crazy past, I can tell you that the time we spend with Homeless Dwight is pretty realistic.

    Except that…