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  • Charleen or How Long Has This Been Going On?

    Charleen or How Long Has This Been Going On?

    ★★★★

    Someone should create the Weird Southerners Channel. I'd watch it. Vernon, Florida. Sling Blade, this . . . throw in old reruns of "Cops" and you could easily fill programming for days.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    HOLY HELL. Nonstop intensity which is almost overdone at times (I reallllllly got sick of Hans Zimmer's score), but this is still pretty remarkable. I was surprisingly moved at the end, which is strange considering I understood maybe half the dialogue.

    The IMAX visuals blew me away, but I look forward to watching this at home, where I can have the slightest inkling of what was being said. I'm guessing my rating will go up once I rewatch this.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★

    Some of the most remarkable imagery I've ever seen, and I was antsy about an hour in. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Jonathan Glazer is a genius, and I'll probably never see any of his films twice.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    aka "There's No Country for Young Men, Either...Unless You Rob Some Banks."

    It's churlish to compare this to one of the best American films of the last few decades, but this is a bit more mainstream and overt than NCFOM's sparse, surreal ambiguity. Still, this is a very good crime film, and despite its occasionally clumsy "BANKS SUUUUUUUCK" messaging, it's the best crime film of the year.

    I've never been a big Ben Foster fan. I always felt the strain in his beady-eyed intensity. For me, he's never been better as the older brother. Pine and Bridges are also terrific. Watch this!