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  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Vertigo
  • Ran
  • Jacob's Ladder

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  • Motor Mania

    ★★★★

  • The Shadow Strikes

    ★★★

  • Superman: Secret Agent

    ★★★★

  • Heavy Metal

    ★★★★½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Top Gun: Maverick is a legacy sequel that is neither inferior nor superior to the landmark blockbuster that preceded it. No, Maverick manages to be a legacy sequel that feels like a natural successor to the original Tony Scott classic. Cruise is still insanely charismatic and fun to watch in action, the cast is chock full of fun turns from talented players (Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly being particular standouts), the action is electrifying, and Kosinski manages to carve his…

  • The Invisible Avenger

    The Invisible Avenger

    ★★★

    Perhaps the epitome of "great if not for the IP attached."

    The Invisible Avenger is a neat little TV thriller brought to the big screen after its failure to secure series funding, the pilot being made for a TV revival of The Shadow, one of the crown jewels of pulpdom. The mistake made here is there being flat-zero Shadow, missing his world-famous garb and his cold binary morality. All of that being traded in for Invisible Man parlor tricks, with…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    WHAT. A. FILM./10

    My first actual theater experience of 2019 (always go to theaters late in the year, idk), and what an experience it was. Dafoe and Pattinson are impeccable in Robert Eggers's sophomore feature, The Lighthouse. The grim pastoral Dreyeresque qualities of The VVitch are melded into a maritime setting and an expressionist grandeur that recalls everything from Murnau to Laughton's Night of the Hunter. The descent into madness is so mesermizing I couldn't leave my seat. Every frame…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Instead of a fuller review, I just wanted to take a moment to speak on one key element of Manhunter that I adore: the atmosphere. From its lush analog synths to Dante Spinotti's blend of intense color & tenebrous lighting, what Michael Mann has made here is a beast of a film unlike any other. I don't think I've ever been as haunted by a film as I have with Manhunter. It gets under your skin, embracing you all the while.…