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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

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

    A mixed bag. I'm wondering a lot about what the original cuts were like, because I suspect they were better. The result here is a little muddled and disorienting in terms of story. I feel that this tale might have been better served by a television miniseries format, so that it has more time to deal with characters and nuances of narrative ... although, of course, it doesn't end all that happily for the individuals involved, so maybe having been…

  • The Docks of New York

    The Docks of New York

    ★★★★½

    Lucky to have caught this in a vintage theater with a live organ score. Exquisitely shot, beautifully performed, filled with sincerity and humor.

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  • The Hustler

    The Hustler

    ★★★★

    Good god, what did we ever do to deserve Paul Newman.

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★½

    Finally, at long last, a movie that gets Austen right by focusing on her sly humor and viciously subtle characterizations rather than the overblown romanticism usually attached to her name. It is, in a word, delightful.