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  • In the Mood for Love
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  • Elvis

    ★★★

  • Do Not Circulate

  • Nosferasta: First Bite

    ★★★

  • Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises

    ★★★★

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  • Sweet Charity

    Sweet Charity

    ★★★½

    I can't think of many other movies that are as ultimately excruciating while also containing so many exhilarating elements.

  • Physical Evidence

    Physical Evidence

    ★★½

    This B-movie JAGGED EDGE starts off with great time-capsule levels of interest but the life gradually drains from it until only a desire to see what new brooches Theresa Russell will wear keeps a viewer on board. That's not to slight Burt, though, who is still clearly an asshole movie star ("I'm not Jose!"). But, above all, it's mainly good to finally understand why Kent Jones titled his essay collection after this movie. Also, the split-second appearance of Louis Negan as a corpse in the opening scene feels like an inside joke that Guy Maddin planted at the very start of his film career.

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  • City So Real

    City So Real

    ★★★★

    Steve James makes Frederick Wiseman films if Frederick Wiseman was Jonathan Demme.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    I can't think of another movie that's more imprinted on me than this one. When this first came out, over the course of a year, I probably watched this as many times as the film plays "California Dreaming." Christ, I made a cassette tape recording of the laserdisc so that I could drive around listening to the film, even though I couldn't understand the dialogue. I wanted to live in this film. It confirmed my movielove.

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