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  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Manhattan
  • Double Indemnity
  • Exotica

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  • Never Look Away

    ★★

  • Play Dirty

    ★★★★

  • La Strada

    ★★½

  • House of Flying Daggers

    ★★★½

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★

    60/100

    Second viewing, up from 55. Still have mixed feelings about the first two stories, but I liked "Once Again" significantly more this time, probably because I wasn't anticipating/fearing a double-reverse twist that never actually happens. Unlike, say, Rohmer's best films, though—and Hamaguchi's other films, for that matter—this triptych of extended conversations often does seem as if it would work equally well if not better onstage. He's not doing anything all that formally invigorating in my opinion.

    (Yes, I know…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★½

    90/100

    A.V. Club review. Not that most of you will have much choice in the short term, but definitely see this on the big screen if at all possible. I had a rare pseudo-religious experience that almost certainly wouldn't have been remotely as powerful at home, without the eerily hushed presence of others.

    NOTE: THERE IS NOW A SPOILER (OF SORTS) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. (Jules, I’ll answer your question down the road, after more people have had an opportunity to see the film. If I reply down there in any way it’s gonna inadvertently call attention to something that should be experienced in the moment.)

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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…