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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★★

    A divine road movie about connecting, made all the more beautiful by the unique relationship between Varda & JR, 2 people of very different generations but with similar artistic & humanistic souls. What they’ve created here is a loving testimony to their devotion - their creativity - as well as to their shared desire to gift people with their talents as well as to make them feel appreciated and that they matter. A wonderful folic document.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★★

    Surely one of the best remakes ever filmed, Kaufman so thoroughly thought htis through with W.D. Richter that some of its finest moments are in the minutest of details, which initially seem superfluous, but begin to accumulate into a pervasive ambience of menace then paranoia then utter despair. Anchored by a terrific performance by Donald Sutherland and expert supporting performances, in particular Nimoy's arrogant, condescending gaslighting of everyone. Veronica Cartwright is on hand to give another one of her patented…

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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ½

    Eye-rollingly bad, with a vaporous point of view about what exactly is truly dramatic about a married couple’s breakup. What’s really at stake here? Not much it would seem. Feelings? With performances that don’t land at all, that seem more intended to generate awards buzz, no actor seems to have an authentic grasp of who their character is, with the exception of Alan Alda, who nonetheless has distractingly chosen to try to (unsuccessfully) hide his Parkinson’s hand trembling. The tonic…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★½

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

    50 years hasn’t aged this rugged thriller too much. It starts off with a terrific lure, then does coast a little bit before the heat really gets turned up, but Eastwood’s stolid slow burn is a great match for the character and the film’s sensibilities. Impossible to imagine Frank Sinatra who was Warner’s 1st choice giving this film the kick that would have turned it into the franchise it became. Andy Robinson is almost too good as the sadistic psycho…