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  • Back to the Future
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Before Sunrise

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  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★★

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

  • Signs

    ★★★★

  • Roustabout

    ★★★½

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  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★★

    "Another one ticked off the bucket list."
    "Or licked off the fuck-it list."

    Beautifully sex positive one-location conversation movie between one of my personal favorite actors Emma Thompson and heretofore unfamiliar (to me) stage actor Daryl McCormack that never feels boxed in or contrived, because the writing and direction demonstrate frictionless flow, like a damn fine mixed drink. Calling it predictable might be accurate but beside the point; it's a luxuriation in character and subject matter. Emma Thompson is something…

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

    The charming indie dramedy mold is alive and well in 2022, between this and "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande" coming out on streaming services in the same weekend and pursuing familiar core formulas with winning poise. For the sake of spoilers I won't spell out how "Cha Cha Real Smooth" resembles a million other Sundance prodigies and it doesn't totally matter anyway unless we're having to determine why this film merits a solid 7.5 on the scale, or maybe…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatic!

    Is the best way to describe this scrappy, intense, black-comedy thriller from the rising master of scrappy, intense, black-comedy thrillers Jeremy Saulnier. Like his debut "Murder Party", this is a chamber piece, confining a young punk band to mostly one room of a neo-Nazi club they made the mistake of playing at, where they become sitting ducks after witnessing a murder. And close quarters suit Saulnier's modus operandi impeccably, as he once again tackles a succinct premise with an…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    Oooh yeah! One of those movies that reignites my love for the medium, not that it was flagging or anything, but this actually thrilled me physically and as a (formerly) prospective writer myself. I never wanted to be avant garde or anything – my dream was to write and/or make smart but accessible entertainment like this (and preferably in genre territory), so to see it pulled off so expertly every now and then in movies like "10 Cloverfield Lane" feels…