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  • Rabbit Hole

    Rabbit Hole


    This one is largely an actor's showcase, but with a cast including Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, and Giancarlo Esposito (in a very small role, sadly), there are worse things to be. The film is fairly deft with its devastating subject matter (Kidman and Eckhart play a couple whose 4-year-old was killed 8 months earlier by Teller's high schooler after the kid darted in front of his car while chasing a dog), ringing a few laughs and…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan


    This is a masterwork of perspective, a film which weaponizes our senses to bring us entirely into Nina's head as she experiences a psychological unraveling. Every time I watch it, I am stunned by the sound design, which is brutal, grating, and constantly surprising. Yet Matthew Libatique's cinematography is also phenomenal, slowly building to the frenzy of the climax. This is a film of such sustained dread that it completely envelopes you as you watch.

    Natalie Portman is excellent as…

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  • Wonder Boys

    Wonder Boys


    Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) has been writing his latest novel for seven years—its now over two thousand pages long and still not done. When his wife leaves him, his mistress and boss (Frances Mcdormand) announces she's pregnant, his agent (Robert Downey Jr.) comes to town to pressure him on the book, and an eccentric student (Toby Maguire) begins to entwine himself in Grady's life, things are about to come to a head. Vacillating in a pot-induced haze, Grady takes…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain


    In the Golden Era of Hollywood, the musical was, at its core, a celebration. It was a love letter to the concept of putting on a show, a paean to collaboration, and an ode to the power of film, to the power of song, and to the power of love. In that regard, Singin’ in the Rain is probably the greatest musical produced in the greatest age for musicals, a witty, heartwarming, toe-tapping celebration of the studio system and the…