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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

    ★★★★★

    Compelling combination of footage documenting Jim Carrey’s transformation into becoming Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton during the process of filming Man on the Moon, and interview with Carrey now.  As much a glimpse into the spiritual dynamism of Carrey as it is a celebration of Kaufman’s essence inhabiting Carrey’s being during the making of that movie.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    Near-perfect film documents the harsh realities of an impoverished area of Orlando, juxtaposed next to Disney's fantasy World.  Single mother living out of a purple motel resorts to prostitution to support her daughter.  The child has no real moral tether and is forced to figure out things on her own.  The first act is almost an homage to Los Olvidados.  Willem Dafoe gives a brilliant performance as the hotel manager, who is a sort of guardian angel as well, looking…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    Nothing could've prepared me for how truly bad this was.  One overblown computer-generated spectacle after another failing to gather any cohesion whatsoever.  There are moments of potential: The Flash's comic relief, Aquaman's character arc.  But everything is handled so crudely, and the writing is so forgettable, that it just felt like a giant waste of time.  
           Affleck was awful in this, but it wasn't entirely his fault.  He didn't have a strong character on the page (which seems impossible given…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    The only film Charles Laughton directed, but it stands out as being one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history.  Shot on a relatively low budget by cinematographer Stanley Cortez (who shot such masterpieces as The Magnificent Ambersons, Shock Corridor, and The Naked Kiss), it is visually stunning.  
           Based on the novel by Davis Grubb, and adapted to the screen by James Agee (a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist in his own right, although he received that award posthumously --- in fact,…