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  • Greener Grass

    Greener Grass

    ★★★½

    DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY FACE LIPS.

    This is a bonkers trip through a hellish mirror of suburbia, like "Too Many Cooks" turned into a feature. If you think, based on the trailer, that it's your kind of thing ... it is. Watch and enjoy.

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★

    I am incredibly sick from a stomach bug of some insidious kind, and this was just the comfort food I required.

  • First Love

    First Love

    ★★★★

    This is Miike at the top of his game: utterly nutso, hyperviolent, but with a real affection for his central characters that carries some emotional weight beyond the (many, many) decapitations and other memorable kills.

    As others have mentioned, it takes its time setting up a LOT of dominoes in the first half-hour. But when they crash into each other and start tumbling, it's as good a run as I've seen in any Miike. Double points for Shota Sometani, who was fantastic as the heart of Sono's "Tokyo Tribe" and who kills it here as a hapless, movie-addled yakuza enforcer.

  • The Death of Dick Long

    The Death of Dick Long

    ★★★½

    Man this was an experience. A whole Alabama town of Elmore Leonard dirtbags, and some shit they do not wanna discuss.

  • The Laundromat

    The Laundromat

    ★★★

    I love Soderbergh *and* the taking down, however temporary, of shady elites, but this didn't quite land. Netflix has plenty of series that would be better served as self-contained movies -- this is a movie that could have benefited from the mini-series treatment, or at least a little more focus.

    Bonus points for Gary Oldman's committedly weird performance (enhanced by the fact I just watched Rosencrantz & Guildenstern again). Double bonus points for featuring my island in a brief cameo as Nevis.

  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★

    What a visceral, immersive, assaultive* experience. No backstory, no hand-holding, no assurances that our sympathies are on the side of a righteous cause -- just the immediacy of war and hormones and unforgiving nature. See it big if you can.

    (*In the best way possible, and largely thanks to Mica Levi's amazing score.)

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★½

    Not strictly necessary, but a superbly made, moving epilogue for an enduring character.

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    ★★★½

    Pretty sure the last time I saw this was at Eden Prairie Center.

    Mom still cries every time she sees a tilt-a-whirl or a fat lady in a tube top.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★½

    James Gray excels at introspective portraits of madly driven people, and this is nothing if not a stellar (ha) example of same. Pitt gives a superb performance, and the world-building is richly detailed (and often really funny, cf. Yoshinoya on the Moon). I'd still pick Lost City of Z as my personal Gray of choice, but this is a contender.

  • Psychokinesis

    Psychokinesis

    ★★½

    If I had the power of telekinesis I, too, would use it to save the best fried-chicken place in town from developers.

  • Gringo

    Gringo

    ★★½

    Solid if forgettable throwback to the '90s heyday of blood-and-bullets dark comedies. David Oyelowo is great and Charlize Theron is clearly having a ball playing against type, but there are three too many uninteresting plots pulling focus from an intriguing main storyline.

  • The World Is Yours

    The World Is Yours

    ★★★★

    A wildly enjoyable Gallic take on the Guy Ritchie-style crime farce. It has a lot to say about Problems Of Modern Europe, but it does so subtly, and never at the expense of the rogues gallery of characters or the breakneck plot. Vincent Cassel as the budding conspiracy theorist takes the MVP, with Adjani and the Mohameds just behind.