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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★

    Easily Kubrick's most overtly humanist work. You definitely get a sense of the anger, distrust, and resentment he has for institutions--like we see in Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket. And talk about a genuinely affecting Kirk Douglas performance, to boot. Anyway, a solid first near-great from Kubrick.

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★★

    Jesus H. Christ. I vaguely remember this from when it came out, but seeing it now, this time in a theater? The only other documentary this decade that feels nearly as complicated is Minding the Gap, and that looks like babytown frolics next to The Act of Killing. Easily one of the great works of non-fiction filmmaking of all time. Maybe even top five.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    After the film, I said, "That was a real fish-out-of-water story." My friend didn't think it was funny. The people behind me laughed, and then repeated it to each other. They get five stars. My friend gets none.

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    ★★

    R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. Sorry your movie sucks.