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  • Major Dundee

    Major Dundee

    ★★★★

    Certainly much more of an epic than I expected. Peckinpah still playing with the mores of the time but itching to break free. Everyone here is good. Heston fits the part well (he rarely does for me) and Richard Harris is a more than worthy friend and adversary. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out where they hid James Coburn’s arm (nice work). Jim Hutton was always a lightweight but it works well here.  A lot of people…

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    It’s a big world out there, but most of us live in a small one of our own circumstance. Whether you’re happy with that or not is probably the secret to your contentment. I’m not sure if Paterson is completely happy where he is but he is certainly reasonably content. A movie of small gestures and small miracles that wears like your favorite sweater on that perfect autumn night.  Find what you love, find what makes you happy, find what…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    The first QT film I’ve truly dug since Inglorious Basterds, this seems to be a bit of a return to form from my vantage point. Long and meandering but with a zip that seems to have been missing since the death of Sally Menke, this is just a beautiful paean to a time and a place many of us think we remember, but probably don’t. Helter Skelter looms large for many of us and I was actually a bit nervous…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Most people will think this is prototypical Scorsese. I get that, but he really hasn’t made a lot of films in this milieu. This plays like Goodfellas on the surface, but only the surface. What we have here is sadness, elegy, emptiness, time as a cruel bitch, regret, defiance, acceptance, inevitability. A movie that only people of a certain age could make, but one that we all feel even if we aren’t quite as aged yet. It doesn’t matter to…