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  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    ★★★½

    Re-watched for a piece. It's overlong, and not all the jokes land, but there are a few sequences here that still get to me. Cary Grant's OTT reaction shots alone are worth it.

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    Frenetic, cinematic...

    In the first scene, Nick is asked to interpret sayings at therapy. I understand that exercise... Similarly, what you get out of this one probably can tell you quite a bit. For me, it was a tragedy of sorts, despite the many darkly funny moments. Just because you love someone doesn't mean you know what's best for them.

    I guess now I have to go back and see what else these brothers have done, because this one shows a knack for visceral, affecting filmmaking

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  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    ★★

    Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are clever guys. The problem is that they never seem quite satisfied with their own cleverness, so they have to keep pushing it farther and farther, well into the realm of ridiculousness.

    Would it really be so tough to just give us a strong mystery, flavored by the banter between Sherlock and Watson? The conceit of the mind palace has been expanded to be pure magic/nonsense at his point. Why not leave it behind and…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely gorgeous, impressionistic and well-observed.

    The advantage of having such a taciturn, withdrawn main character is that it gives the actors around them a lot to do. Kind of an immovable object/unstoppable force sort of thing. I heard plaudits for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali - and they are very well-deserved, especially for the latter - but I was surprised that André Holland didn't get more acclaim. The final sequence is a masterpiece, a hesitant push-and-pull in which nobody wants…