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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Gaga is great. Cooper is great (even more so behind the camera). The songs are great. The story is "merely" good.

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    ★★★

    If this was simply a movie that didn't have anything to say, that would be fine. It has enough other qualities (great shots, sweet understated humor, etc.) to carry it through anyway. The big problem is that it THINKS it's amazingly profound when it isn't. That's distracting and annoying, and it drags the film down.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    It has been a great many years since I last saw this one. I've always liked it a lot; this time I loved it. It earns its five stars just from that first scene between Foster and Hopkins alone. It's pretty cool how Demme would go on to make Rachel Getting Married many years later, as the two films couldn't be more different in both content and form.

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★★

    Just as great as everyone said it was, with a fascinating story about addiction quite unlike any other I've seen. The same degree of praise goes for Fassbender, who puts in a tremendous performance. While his is the strongest in the film, the more eye-opening one may be Carey Mulligan's. I'm not implying that she isn't always great, because she is, but her character here is such a departure from anything else I've seen from her. She's a wreck, thinly…