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  • The Long Goodbye
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Dazed and Confused
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  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

  • Alien on Stage

    ★★★½

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    At their best, Wright's films are both knowing genre tributes and small-scale, humanistic tales of misfits finding a place for themselves. I don't think this one quite transcends the sum of its parts, but it's still a sumptuous and harrowing giallo pastiche.

    The central performances are wildly compelling (a nice change from the charisma void that was Baby Driver), and the production design, music and '60s iconography are spot-on. The whole thing is a worthwhile watch despite some baffling missteps in storytelling here and there. (And now I'm going to go watch The Limey again. Justice for Terence Stamp!)

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    Few, if any, filmmakers are better at delving into the forgotten and ignored corners of the American Dream than Sean Baker, and this very well may be his best yet. Mikey (an incredible Simon Rex) is a magnetic, malignant narcissist, retreating from his porn career for #reasons and returning to his hometown and his estranged wife while he licks his wounds, sells weed to get by and plots how to Make Mikey Great Again.

    Soon enough, he locks onto his…

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  • Misha and the Wolves

    Misha and the Wolves

    ★★★

    An undeniably fascinating, knotty story about the Holocaust and deception and memory and belief, undone somewhat by a curiously flat telling. I'm not sure how a film pulls off being too matter-of-fact and too sensationalist at the same time, and yet.

  • We Summon the Darkness

    We Summon the Darkness

    ★★½

    Dumb fun that does exactly what it sets out to do. Alexandra Daddario's Crazy Eyes get a thorough workout, and it's always nice to see Johnny Knoxville pop up unexpectedly.