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  • Do the Right Thing
  • Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Vagabond
  • Real Life

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  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Army of Darkness

    ★★★

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★★

    Me, listening to the Polly Platt series on You Must Remember This: Peter Bogdanovich is a MONSTER! How could anyone ever be so cruel and self-centered and vapid and selfish?! I can NOT imagine anyone EVER abandoning his wife and children like that ...

    Me, watching The Heartbreak Kid: I WOULD THROW MY ENTIRE LIFE AWAY FOR YOU CYBILL SHEPHERD MARRY ME NOW

    And, thus, this is a 106-minute masterpiece of American cringe comedy, a thorough excoriation of male naivety…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

    “The Lubitsch touch” is the medical term for why my wife whimpers every time Jimmy Stewart appears on screen, right?

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  • Q & A

    Q & A

    ★★★½

    Sidney Lumet essentially made ACAB: The Movie, but this manages to be entirely about police brutality and racist cops without feeling like it’s entirely about police brutality and racist cops — the message is obvious while never feeling like it’s a message movie.

    Nick Nolte’s Lt. Mike Brennan is clearly a bad dude — the film opens with him committing the heinous crime that the rest of the movie will spend with characters trying to solve — but it’s not…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★★

    Stories about creatives who just NEED to create (all other lines of work that the rest of us do be damned) and stories about how amazing New York City is (all other places where the rest of us live be damned) tend to drive me nuts.

    And yet here, the combination of Andrew Garfield’s performance and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stylistic flourishes totally hooked me and made me, for once, understand why this creative just needs to create and why New York…

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★½

    The filmmaking is certainly unrivaled, but most positive reviews on this site seem based on shock value and the film's previous unavailability alone.

    There's a really, really uncomfortable thread here that modern anti-#MeToo critics would lovingly embrace. Accusers, as Russell presents them, are just repressed, needy women who level baseless accusations in an effort to ruin our heroes — mustachioed men who settle down after their previous philandering left a trail of wrecked women but no consequences for them. Other…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★★

    It's impossible for me to objectively assess this film, and I may never be able to, because my first experience with it was one of the most magical moments of my life. Pardon me while I recount the first time my 4-year-old and 2-year-old boys went to a movie theater, because I want to remember this experience forever.

    This franchise has always held a very special place in my heart, and I was absolutely delighted when it became the first…