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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★½

    Hepburn's charms can't salvage this bungled adaptation with a phony milieu, reprehensible racism, and painfully boring male lead. Best performance is John McGiver as the Tiffany's salesman.

  • Babette's Feast

    Babette's Feast

    ★★½

    Strong cloak game but oddly paced and unfocused - could probably have benefited from being 4 hours longer or, you know, staying a short story. Bibi Andersson appears (for all of two minutes), so it's not a complete wash.

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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A perfect vehicle for De Palma's gizmo-based cinema that, like its star, only falters on the human level. An awkward prologue meant to establish the camaraderie of a well-oiled team gives way to chillingly effective horror, overheated paranoia resolves into the iconic thriller centerpiece, and then all that's left is an effects-laden climax that somehow holds up, physics be damned. Sure, the computer stuff is a laughable artifact (I swear you can hear the cast pronounce a hyphen in "the…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★½

    Definitely one of the great biopics, not least because it dismantles its subject without offering up some explanatory childhood trauma or granting redemption. What else can I say about the subtle writing, terrific performances (Pesci!), bold editing, and extraordinary lighting? Not much.