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  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    Discussed here on Filmspotting #648 along with our Top 5 Stephen King Movie Scares.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

    In the doc that precedes the 40th anniversary release, director Denis Villeneuve suggests the movie is a personal one for Spielberg beyond his obvious fascination with the material. He says the movie is about movie-making too, which struck me as a little trite - and cliche - in the moment. I mean, how many directors and their films has this been said about / could it be said about?

    And yet, watching this time, I was struck by Roy Neary's…

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  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    Everyone is going to get so sick of me talking about this movie.

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Forget finally confronting "Upstream Color," or the eventual Sacred Cow conversation about "2001"... Having completed my "Before Sunrise/Sunset" homework, I can't imagine anything more daunting than seeing and discussing "Midnight." I find I'm utterly incapable of talking about these films in a rational, analytical way. Remember Ebert's joyous opening to his "Almost Famous" review?

    Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.

    That's me with "Sunrise/Sunset", except instead of an impulse to hug myself,…