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  • 3 Women
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • I Walk Alone
  • Beauty #2

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  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★★

  • The United States of America

    ★★★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

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  • Irma la Douce

    Irma la Douce

    ★★★★★

    I doubt you can find a good review for Billy Wilder's hit follow-up to his Best Picture-winning THE APARTMENT, but IRMA is proof that--in the sixties anyway--Billy's comedies were more haunting than other people's dramas. Jack Lemmon's honest cop, courting Shirley MacLaine's honest whore, discovers that an honest man must play a whoremaster, a gentleman must play a murderer, and many other ruses by which true love is permitted to exist in Wilder's truly unlovely world. Long damned by auteur…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Remember the iconic opening shot of Robert Wise's 1961 WEST SIDE STORY? Or rather shots: we go from helicopter shots of Manhattan to a dizzying overhead view of the Jets finger-snapping and dancing on a basketball court. Well, in the New York past according to a very 2021 Tony Kushner, we begin in a landscaping of terrifying bulldozed rubble--a ghetto New York that looks more like the Gaza Strip. Above this rubblescape sits a sign that reads "Slum Clearing--Soon to…