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  • Double Indemnity
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  • Operation Mincemeat

    ★★★

  • The Twentieth Century

    ★★½

  • The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★

  • Unbreakable

    ★★

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  • Operation Mincemeat

    Operation Mincemeat

    ★★★

    52/100

    Alternate Ending review. Stop trying to give things "heart," screenwriters. This is a solid historical procedural when it's not making ostensibly emotional shit up. (Also, fun fact that the movie wisely doesn't try to shoehorn in: Ewen Montagu, the real-life Naval Intelligence officer played by Colin Firth, was Christopher Guest's first cousin once removed.)

  • The Twentieth Century

    The Twentieth Century

    ★★½

    47/100

    Answers the question "What if Guy Maddin but not very funny?"...and since that's a question previously answered by several actual Guy Maddin films, I don't see the point of making this one.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…