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  • S.O.B.

    S.O.B.

    ★★★★½

    There have been a lot of scorching satires on Hollywood, thinly (if at all) veiled, bitter, self-loathing peeks at the insidious underbelly of showbiz, from "The Bad and the Beautiful" to "The Player", and Blake Edwards' "S.O.B." belongs alongside the best of them. Its distinction is a more laid back party vibe; these types of movies can be cutting exposes, or howlingly melodramatic, or fatalistic and bleak, but Edwards softens the autobiographical razor wit with a free-ranging, anything-goes nonchalance, goofball…

  • Howards End

    Howards End

    ★★★★

    Made during the peak of Merchant-Ivory's 45-year production history, scoring them the first of two consecutive Oscar nomination sweeps, to be followed by 1993's "The Remains of the Day", which similarly procured notices for Best Picture, Director, and numerous acting and tech categories. Both films take place in early 20th century England, prominently co-star Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, and deal in subdued struggles to reconcile class differences. They are each exceedingly British, the interplay mannered, the characters all sophisticated…

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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…