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  • The Princess Bride
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Out of Sight

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  • Moon Knight

    ★★★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    A Game of You and Me.

    This is a dazzling and inventive film. In fact, I haven’t felt this visually stimulated from a movie since “Blade Runner 2049.” This was adapted from the scaffolding of an epic poem—one of the numerous stories, added, cut, melded, and reforged into the Arthurian Cycle over a period of centuries. A brilliant thing (perhaps the most brilliant) that this movie did, was how it didn’t try to completely transform this into something more narratively…

  • 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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  • Moon Knight

    Moon Knight

    ★★★½

    Wow, this actually didn’t suck. I’ve been Marveled out for awhile now and decided to check out the first episode after hearing some good things about it. To my amazement, I quickly found myself compelled to watch the entire thing, and I now think this is the second best Marvel series after “Loki.” One of the biggest reasons for its success (if not the biggest), is Oscar Isaac’s central performance depicting two completely different individuals inhabiting the same body. The…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

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

    The thing that immediately jumps out at you about this film is the direction. This movie just pops, as if it were pulsing with the juice of creative life that it's barely able to contain. I’d only seen one other film from Joachim Trier previous to this (“Oslo, August 31st”), and while I liked it, I didn’t really stick with me; it didn’t leave a lingering after-image etched into my mind that great films have a unique habit of doing.…

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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…