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  • Murder by Death

    Murder by Death

    ★★★½

    Great setup for a farce, and mostly well executed, but far too many groaners to bring it down. Truman Capote's piss-poor acting took a lot of the wind out of the sails of many key moments. Chock full of racism, misogyny and homophobia that were a product of the time, but did not age well at all. Sellers was Breakfast at Tiffany's level offensive. Still, it was light, had a great ensemble cast and was short enough to avoid overstaying.

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★

    I respected the originality, but I didn't like it.

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    Felt like Cuarón was channeling his inner Fellini. Breathtakingly beautiful. Worth watching for the cinematography alone. This might be the best looking black and white movie I've seen. I loved his reflection trick in the opening credits. Hooked me right away.

    The script mainly sets a mood more than it hits beats, although there are some powerful scenes... this style is likely to bore the average movie goer.

    Now, I need to catch it in the theater to find out what all the audio fuss is about.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Oh, the humanity! First half reminded me faintly of Tokyo Story. A slowish moving, but compelling family drama... but then that last act really unraveled the feels. I might have recency bias, but this is jumping to my top spot in my mind for 2018.