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  • The Thin Blue Line
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Mike's Murder

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  • Iron Island

    ★★★

  • Gung Ho

    ★★½

  • Unrelated

    ★★★½

  • Vive L'Amour

    ★★½

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  • Chain Letters

    Chain Letters

    ★★★

    Combines my two loves, Vietnam veterans and the US Postal Service. Needs a better poster somehow, something told with kitschy pastel amid a Pop collage of blonde bob curls, workout clothes, little cartoon hearts with arrows through them, Keith Haring dancing men, and Village Voice Personals ads; the film's chain letter, essentially, without all the post-Sixties would-be Maoist academic horseshit. Good casting. Mike Arnott, who I only know from Sayles’ SECAUCUS, does a great job capturing an articulate insanity. Normally…

  • Who's Afraid of the Bogeyman

    Who's Afraid of the Bogeyman

    ★★★½

    The reunification of Germany didn't happen overnight. On paper, it took a little over a year. Psychologically? Who knows! A lot of us in the west prefer the abbreviated newsreel history, beginning and ending the moment the first shard of concrete broke from Berlin’s most infamous street-art installation. But for the residents of east Germany, there was a whole year to ponder the future. The unexceptional many (i.e. the workers) met this time with dread. After forty years serving as…

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  • The Wounded Man

    The Wounded Man

    ★★★½

    Proof that homosexuality is a million times less gay when it's presented as thee subculture of switchblade discotheques and "I have no choice, I'm an illegal immigrant" men's room quickies.

  • Joyride

    Joyride

    ★★★½

    Deftly captures the rush of being young and dumb, riding around in an old American car and watching your breath in the cold morning. A heartfelt coming of age picture, JOYRIDE transcends its generic drive-in origins very quickly, aided and abetted by plenty o' flannel, Eskimo hootch, 70s tits, dazzling Pacific Northwest locations, and Robert Carradine's soul. Second-generation Hollywood royalty or not, life is hard for these kids -- a few bad choices and they're eating dog food for dinner.…