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  • Made in Italy

    Made in Italy

    ★½

    It's genuinely impressive, in its own way, to construct a movie entirely out of cliches. You watch Made in Italy shamble forth, cobbled together like Frankenstein's monster from long-expired components of the predeceased, and your reaction is awe mingled with incredulity. It's alive? Somehow?

    A catalogue of the warmed-over tropes from other romantic dramedies risks becoming a simple plot synopsis. Sad-sack estranged son? Check. Absentee dad whose roguish exterior conceals his regret and guilt? Check. Klutzy meet-cute with the beautiful…

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★

    This movie is basically what I wished Gaslight had been.

    Be careful what you wish for.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    Almost two months after I've seen this movie, I'm still trying to decide what I think of it. It's certainly effective, accomplishing everything it sets out to do. Robert Eggers is scarily self-assured at the helm of his first feature film, creating an atmosphere of uncanniness and spiritual dread that is unwavering and flawlessly oppressive. If The Exorcist is a horror movie for Catholics, then The Witch is a horror movie for Protestants: Because the individual (not the institutional church)…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    Confession is impossible for those who think of sin only in euphemisms.