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  • Midsommar
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Jaws
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  • Streetwise

    ★★★★

  • Across 110th Street

    ★★★½

  • Supernova

    ★★½

  • Deep Rising

    ★★★½

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  • Streetwise

    Streetwise

    ★★★★

    "He's free...he's never been that way before."

    An essential American documentary with unforgettable characters, and an ancestor to the films of Sean Baker, Andrea Arnold and the Safdie Brothers, of course.

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★½

    Great precursor to DEAD PRESIDENTS (among others) that weaves a horrifically violent tapestry of racism, poverty, suffering, and capital (aka business as usual) across upper Manhattan. Holds nothing back. While Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto are top billed as the two mismatched cops forced to work together, no doubt this is Paul Benjamin's film.

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  • Meet Joe Black

    Meet Joe Black

    ★★½

    Here’s a movie where Brad Pitt speaks in patois for at least five minutes.

    For such a gorgeous looking movie (Hey Emmanuel Lubezki!) this is so fucking long and begging for parody. But the ending is very nice. Thomas Newman also does a lot of heavy lifting here. And wow is this the moment in the culture when people discovered the ukulele “Over The Rainbow” cover? I think so. Whole lot going on here.

    Also it’s hilarious in 2019 to watch a movie where you assume that somebody has led a good and full life just because they are insanely rich.

  • Deerskin

    Deerskin

    ★★★½

    Killer style.

    My first from this director, and it was the absolute perfect palette cleanser after A HIDDEN LIFE. Funny, violent, dark and absurd. The shot of him sharpening the fan blade on the pavement while driving down the road is one of the funniest things I have seen all year.