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  • Far from Heaven
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Maurice

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  • Far from Heaven

    ★★★★

  • The Aristocats

    ★★★★½

  • Totally Fucked Up

    ★★★½

  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    ★★★½

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  • Spiderhead

    Spiderhead

    ★★★

    Lots of interesting ideas but so so execution. Rich themes of technological advancement being both incredible and terrifying, hubristic tech geniuses who try to play god, exploitation of prison populations, free will being a good and bad thing, I liked that. Good performances, great cinematography and interesting set design. It’s the script details and the editing in particular that let the premise down; maybe it needed the writers from “Black Mirror” to take it to a higher level with its science fiction. And the editor apparently thought people watching it have the memories of goldfish. Three stars.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    One could rightfully complain about a lot of things in “The Batman.” The long running time, the stuffed plot, much of the film being steeped in cop movie clichés, several elements feeling reductive of “The Dark Knight,” or Batman being a tad too overpowering. Yet, despite all that, it still works. The film is long precisely because the plot is involved; there are essentially three antagonists here. And it’s constantly teetering on not working, however it’s director Matt Reeves’ vision,…

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  • Portrait of Jason

    Portrait of Jason

    ★★★½

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    An extremely minimal documentary with some creative behind the camera choices. It’s ninety minutes of a conversation with Jason Holliday, a black, out homosexual in the sixties. He’s a man who both fascinates and overstays his welcome. He’s a hoot of a character, relating humorous anecdotes about his life and dropping hilarious wisdom on gay life and black life in a time of monumentous social change for both of those cultures (and yet before the Stonewall riots). …

  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle

    Je, Tu, Il, Elle

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    It’s boring, probably to get into the mindset of it’s protagonist, just like Chantal Akerman’s later “Jeanne Dielman.” Ackerman plays the near mute protagonist, who likes lounging around an empty apartment undressing, dressing, undressing again, and eating sugar straight from the bag. Eventually she goes hitchhiking and gets in a trucker’s cab. Eventually she makes it to an ex girlfriend’s house, where they have a softcore sex scene. Then the movie ends. All power to you if…

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    The tightest screenplay and the best casting ever.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    The original is a fine, humble science fiction film, made at the beginning of James Cameron’s career. By the time of this one, he had gained a high reputation and therefore high budget to craft a sequel. But in a great reversal of expectations, this improves on everything done in the original, upping the action well, the stakes, the menace and threat of the evil terminator, and adding a great new character in the young John Connor.