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  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    ★★★

    This isn't the masterpiece I used to think it was. Good for one viewing, but very stale once you know the trick ending. That, and the cast is so full of HACKS. Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, and Chazz Palminteri are five actors I'd happily go the rest of my life without ever watching again. Ditto for director Bryan Singer, who's made a career of directing mediocre crowd-pleasers.

  • They Live by Night

    They Live by Night

    ★★★

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with it in the slightest, but for a Nicholas Ray movie, it's decidedly average. Granger and O'Donnell are intermittently engaging, the plot must have seemed pretty fresh and exciting in 1948, and yes, the high-contrast black and white cinematography is gorgeous. It's good, but see On Dangerous Ground first.

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  • Snowtown

    Snowtown

    ★★★

    This film is not bad--it is, in many ways, quite admirable, being on one hand a very respectful portrayal of a very horrific series of crimes (Australia's worst series of murders on record,) as well as a very good, very even-handed look inside the minds of these killers (whose reasons for killing vary individually, but all of whom are apparently in some way being manipulated by the mastermind John Bunting, who is the most fascinating of all) which presents their…

  • G.I. Samurai

    G.I. Samurai

    ★★★★★

    One of the strangest, and most unforgettable, movies I've ever seen. Anything that has time travel and Sonny Chiba shooting a boat while hanging off of a helicopter has got to be considered a masterpiece, if only for this particular combination of elements. Not to mention the CRAZY soundtrack.