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  • Sweet and Lowdown
  • Great Expectations
  • The Cotton Club
  • The Triplets of Belleville

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  • Free Guy

    ★★★★

  • Candyman

    ★★★½

  • The Cotton Club

    ★★★★½

  • Reminiscence

    ★★½

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★½

    Unsinkable Relic. You know those growth marks that your parents may have drawn for you as a child? You’d stand next to a wall, and a chalk line would be drawn right above your head, and then another one six months later, and so on. After some time, you’d come back and look at those lines and be amazed at just how much you’d grown, since it was impossible to see and feel that growth “close-up,” while it was happening…

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    The first adult literature I encountered as a child were books my two older siblings were assigned to read as classroom assignments. I would wander into their rooms and spy titles familiar to many American high school curriculums such as: "The Lord of the Flies," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Catcher in the Rye," "The Great Gatsby," and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." All of these books were influential to me, but it was Malcolm’s in particular that impacted me…

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  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★★

    I knew going in that this was going to be entertaining. It has an intrinsically funny premise, and we always expect Ryan Reynolds to do his thing as the God Emperor of rapid-fire snark (that somehow manages to be charming despite its juvenile irreverence). What surprised me was the cleverness of the story, or more specifically, how its two storylines representing the video game world and the real one, both linked and fed into each other. The basic premise features…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

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

    The best thing about this film is its unexpectedly haunting tone. It's more creepy than scary as the horror was contained in its ideas over anything else. The story begins with a grad student named Helen Lyle (played by Virginia Madsen), who’s researching modern urban legends and happens upon the myth of The Candyman: a haunting, vengeful spirit terrorizing the poor black residents of a run-down housing project. Even though there were earlier Blaxploitation horror films, or just straight horror…

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  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    Signals in Noise. It’s a strange sensation when you encounter an acclaimed film and you can see exactly why it’s so good, but you’re simply not drawn into it. For me, the most conspicuous example is “Blade Runner.” I intellectually appreciated it, but was also emotionally disconnected, as if there was an invisible barrier that was somehow preventing me from fully embracing it. At around my fourth or fifth viewing, something magically clicked, and I was wholly absorbed into its…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Killer Clowns from Inner Space. I sure hope you like watching Joaquin Phoenix dance, because a good twenty minutes of this film is dedicated to doing just that (I’m not even exaggerating either). Yes, I know this was meant to help convey the extent to which Arthur Fleck (Joker) has so thoroughly disconnected himself from the outside world. It’s not just the dancing. He’s also afflicted with sudden outbursts of laughter that always seems to arrive at the worst possible…