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  • Touch of Evil
  • Blade Runner
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Psycho

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  • French Exit

    ★★★

  • Babel

    ★★★★½

  • Keane

    ★★★★★

  • Firestarter

    ★★

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  • French Exit

    French Exit

    ★★★

    Existential dark comedy about an NYC socialite who moves with her son to Paris after the death of her husband, whose soul she later believes has inhabited the frame of her cat.  Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges do excellent work, and the film feels like a less stylized version of Wes Anderson, with its own ensemble of quirky characters.  As enjoyable as it is, it doesn’t really feel like it amounts to all that much in the end, whereas a plot with a little more arc might have had a more lasting impression.

  • Babel

    Babel

    ★★★★½

    Riveting ensemble piece connecting characters in different parts of the world features Innaritu’s trademark filmmaking style and distinct choices.  He really allows a lot of these moments to breathe and for the actors involved to fully process their individual predicaments.  There are pure moments of terror where I was so concerned for the characters I wanted to climb through the screen and intervene.  These moments are played for realism and not for effect, which makes them even more subtly terrifying.…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Second time around, I still had a blast, the opening 45 minutes to an hour are pure dynamite for the senses.  It’s hard not to be in awe of Spielberg’s craftsmanship, especially during that first race scene.  It’s so phenomenally filmed and edited, it makes you wonder what our future will hold in the entertainment department. 
            It was fun re-watching, knowing what was coming, because it freed up the viewer to find the Easter Eggs we’d…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Epic spectacle on the grandest scale imaginable.  Effortlessly interweaves from location to location, and from hero to hero, slowing down a bit here and there with overlong expositional scenes, but filled with eye-popping art direction (there were 15 art directors who worked on this film) and staggering special effects.  
           This was the most effective of the three Avengers movies at incorporating humor into the narrative, never seeming superfluous, but more naturally occurring in the moment due…