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  • Metropolis
  • Early Summer
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Roma

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  • Encanto

    ★★★

  • The 39 Steps

    ★★★★★

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

  • Barking Orders

    ★★½

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  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Reflections in a Golden Eye

    ★★★½

    THE MOVIEGOER February 8, 2017
    Reflections in a Golden Eye: a “hothouse tale” of desire and simmering violence
    By Terrence Rafferty

    Sometimes when Carson McCullers talked about writing she sounded like an actor.

    “When I write about a thief,” she once said, “I become one; when I write about Captain Penderton, I become a homosexual man; when I write about a deaf mute, I become dumb during the time of the story. I become the characters I write about and…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    Ana de Armas as CIA agent Paloma handily walks away with this handsome but over-labored 007 entry, and when she exits the story, she  takes most of the pop, crackle and fizz with her. Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012) still remain the high points of the Daniel Craig-era Bonds.

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

    Re-watched the brilliant segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled." It's heartbreaking and perfect.

  • On My Way

    On My Way

    ★★★½

    ON MY WAY contains the slightest of stories: Bettie (Catherine Deneuve), whose restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy and whose lover has left her, suddenly embarks on a road trip across France.  On her way meets some men, spends time with her young grandson, attends a reunion with some former beauty contestants (which includes the still-lovely Mylène Demongeot), and asks for many, many cigarettes.  

    Directed with sun-dappled realism by Emmanuelle Bercot, the film exudes a puckish charm that…