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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Synecdoche, New York

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  • Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

    ★★★½

  • Last Days in the Desert

    ★★★

  • Bill W.

    ★★★

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★½

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  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★★★½

    Some women just want to watch the party streamers burn.

    In DAISIES Marie and Marie gleefully eat drink flirt destroy eat destroy and destroy in the most anarchic punk rock film I've ever seen, almost a decade before the Sex Pistols even formed.

    Imagine the manic comedic energy of The Beatles in A HARD DAY'S NIGHT or a live action version of a MONTY PYTHON animation with even more experimental creativity.

    I feel like I could have a decades long…

  • Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

    ★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky is the Terrence Malick of abandoned buildings.

    Tarkovsky and Malick are both telling stories of the struggle between human nature searching for God's grace and use poetry rather than natural dialogue to speak through the characters.

    But while Malick will point the camera at a field of wheat or trees swaying in the wind with birds soaring in the heavens, Tarkovsky is pointing at the the industrial waste and broken shelters man has left behind to soak in the mud.

    Both are beautiful.

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  • Revolver

    Revolver

    ★★★★

    Ego is the only enemy. 

    It’s hard to capture philosophy on film, but I’m glad Guy tried.

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★½

    I wish Hitchcock had loved actors even half as much as he loved the camera.

    Equal parts horrific, and hilarious if kids crying in front of green screens while being attacked by puppets is your thing.

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  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★★

    How many levels of irony can you find? After a few decades of putting mom and pop shops out of business, the last Blockbuster is run by a mom and her family in this doc now streaming on Netflix.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★½

    Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) likes three things: making out with Fran (Eliza Gonzalez), sucking on a vape pen, and robbing innocent senior citizens of their free will and life savings.

    That sounds really fun, but this lacks the drama of GONE GIRL and the fun of BABY DRIVER so the thrill is gone because the characters are cold and calculating without being interesting or alluring. Nobody wins.