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  • The Human Condition
  • Taxi Driver
  • Memories of Murder
  • Sullivan's Travels

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  • Raw Deal

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • Danger Lights

    ★★

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  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★★★½

    A quiet, wonderful little movie that celebrates the Western landscape and the sorts of souls who inhabit tiny lost towns. Stanton is wonderful, of course, and so is David Lynch...but I think what I really liked were these little glimpses of ordinary people hanging out in a bar and trying their best to support one another.

  • Where Are You, João Gilberto?

    Where Are You, João Gilberto?

    This is far more about the author of a book about Gilberto. There's very little about Gilberto himself. I understand the director was probably trying to go unconventional, but really, it just made me want to see some videos of the musician and listen to his music. I think I'm just tired of media that makes the story about the director or writer. And this one actually reveals little of substance even there. It was self-indulgent and I really longed…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    A stunning film in every way.  The sound score is incredible, especially with the IMAX speakers.  It's so beautifully filmed, so genuinely epic...I need to think it over and see it again.

  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★★

    Thewlis' riff in the modernist building was genius.

    While his treatment of women was hard to watch, it was consistent with his character. When I started this movie, I wasn't sure I could make it through all that, except that Thewlis' performance is so fine. Then I realized how close he ran to certain people I've known in my life. His mindset is so brilliantly revealed throughout his random encounters, and I came to understand. Nobody captures screwed up working class men quite as accurately as Mike Leigh.