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  • Last Shift

    Last Shift

    ★★★★

    Took me forever to finally see this, even though I've been dying to seeing it ever since all of the effusive proselytizing Rebekah McKendry has been doing for it since it dropped a few years back. I don't know if it is one of the great horror movies of the decade, but man it is effective, scary as shit, with a wonderful central performance. Juliana Harkavy is so good it breaks your heart. She even sells the moments where her…

  • The Last Movie Star

    The Last Movie Star

    ★★★

    God, this could have been so amazing. Rifkin is capable of making oddly touching oddball fare and this feels far too mechanical given the opportunity to tell a meta bit of candid Hollywood trifle. Really, this should work as a love letter to even the worst of old-school movie stars (of which Burt was one of the best) and instead feels too misty-eyed and sad-sacked. Plus, the moments where old Burt is put into (some of the most obvious) Burt…

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  • Ghost Writer

    Ghost Writer

    ★★½

    KAREN BLACK!!! Seriously, her minuscule handful of minutes on screen earn this film at least 2 stars alone. The other half a star is for the mild ambitions of Alan Cumming and a decent performance from Boreanaz that you just wish had been pushed that much further into sleazy vulnerability. Otherwise, it's a pretty uninspired, stage-bound bit of vacuousness about AWFUL PEOPLE that wastes a cast of Cumming's actor buddies. If you haven't seen THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, watch that instead.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★½

    Silly. Quaint. Dull. Meditative. Earnest. Wondrous. Audacious. A lot of things have been said about this film and all of them can be true all at once. It is a bold attempt to create a modern myth in the rejection of religious fervor, and it is also a film that permeates with some of the most wrong-headed, hackneyed notions of man's possible enlightenment and evolution. It is in love with even the simplest of its special fx gimmickry, yet it…