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  • Spartacus

    ★★★

  • Lolita

    ★★

  • Barbarian

    ★★★★

  • Anything for Jackson

    ★★★

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  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★

    Watched this for the first time the same day that I finished reading the novel for the first time, which was probably a tactical error, because rarely has a film felt so inadequate to the task (without setting itself an appreciably different task). Nabokov's symphony of repulsive self-loathing turned into the half-whimsical adventures of a posh cad.

  • Anything for Jackson

    Anything for Jackson

    ★★★

    This basic premise got explored more soulfully in A DARK SONG, but ANYTHING FOR JACKSON has its own charms, most notably an endearing pair of elderly demon-worshippers. Goes a bit off the deep end in the home stretch, favoring horror pyrotechnics over either atmosphere or narrative clarity.

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  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    ★½

    Want to stab everybody.

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Not a doomed love story so much as a fragile one, forever susceptible to circumstance and others' cruelty and caprice -- and it's always so, isn't it, then as now, with anything we might long for that doesn't fit into prescribed, regimented boxes. Haynes captures the rhythms of new friendship and courtship, wise to the ways they can blend into one another, the ways small gestures become charged with meaning and desire. The lush, grainy cinematography and Carter Burwell's amazing…