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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • The Sea of Grass

    ★★

  • Beetlejuice

    ★★★½

  • Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter

  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    ★★★★

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  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★½

    somebody please teach lászló nemes about shot/reverse shot

  • The Devil and Miss Jones

    The Devil and Miss Jones

    ★★★★

    extremely charming. anti-capitalist without being vitriolic or polemical, which could be a damning critique except it's softer touch never interferes with its fervent sense of working-class solidarity while still allowing for a pretty wonderful light comedy. the fact that the very ending is too eager to paper over the contradictions of the central premise need not make one forget how rousing the call for the strike is, or the humor of the final boardroom meeting.

    coburn is obviously wonderful, but…

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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★★

    could've been a fascinating piece of auteurist self-criticism if marie had said something about malcolm being incapable of subtext. zendaya does some of the best non-verbal acting i've ever seen, it's a shame the movie is so incredibly verbal.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    the first two segments were the most entertaining but i was finding the coen's typical cheery nihilism rather tiring. then when the third segment hit and i realized it was all just about individuals (or in the case of the fifth and sixth segment, collectives) trying to make their own path in the world against the negative forces of humanity and nature, everything suddenly kinda clicked into place for me. basically a typical coen bros' film