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  • The Set-Up

    ★★★

  • The Lost City

    ★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • My Brilliant Career

    ★★★★

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    I've never seen a movie quite like this before - and I've seen a hell of a lot of movies. It's minimalist, with muttered dialogue, a discordant score, a confusing plot, but none of that matters because each moment is so brilliantly composed and full of dread and shock. The violence is disturbing in its efficiency and straightforward-ness. Nothing is wasted in any of the shots, and so many brief moments reveal a thousand more stories (the woman on the…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Saw this back in the 70's, when I was a wee child, on a big screen at a revival house. Was kind of bored, didn't get it.

    Flash forward 40 or so years - Regal was showing it in IMAX (I missed the 70mm print at the Cinerama Dome a few months ago) and I was rewarded with no trailers, an Overture, an Intermission, and "The End" followed by 5 minutes of blank screen and the beautiful, strings-and-flutes-a'-blazin' finale of…

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  • The Set-Up

    The Set-Up

    ★★★

    That 4-round fight was like half the movie. Had some good atmosphere, but not enough of an idea - or interesting characters - to quite fill the 70-minute runtime.

    Robert Ryan, though ... Jesus, that dude is cool!

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★½

    “Romancing the Stone” rip-off 40 years later, with a tired Bullock, a game Pitt, and a script that needed a serious punch-up from a funny writer. It passes the time, but not much else. Kind of a dog.

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  • Annette

    Annette

    ★½

    🎼 That was so bad / it was so bad / it was SO bad 🎼
    Chorus: It was so bad / he said it three times / it was that bad / he must mean what he says / he said it three times
    🎼 I watched it / the whole thing / what ever was I thinking? / My mind was on fire / the puppet it scared me / the dialogue so bad / and the songs…

  • Twenty Something

    Twenty Something

    ★★½

    A kind of interesting concept, but it feels long and not one laugh or “feel” - these SparkShorts are real hit or miss.