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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★½

    An extremely watchable mess. Too many stars and plot lines, and Hathaway is all wrong for the part. Also the worst sound mixing ever.

  • Something Wild

    Something Wild

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed it much more than my initial viewing a few years ago as a philistine. Big last act drop-off for me, though; the fight in Charlie's house really rubbed me the wrong way. But it's mostly impeccable, a slick balancing act.

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  • Mid90s

    Mid90s

    ★★½

    Frustrating. It has some nice moments—Sunny and Na-kel are standouts. But I felt like the movie sidestepped everything that was compelling: the mom, teenage substance abuse, Stevie’s self-harm. The finding community angle wasn’t satisfying for me; some of the kids were so shitty and I hated seeing Stevie get corrupted. I guess that’s part of growing up, you yell at your parents, get peer pressured into smoking, etc., but it was overboard for me. I’m of the age where I’m…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★½

    The striking image of dirty Harry Dean Stanton with the red hat wandering the desert is misleading. It made me expect something weirder or more clever instead of a somewhat conventional family drama.

    My expectations aside, I found the dialogue unimpressive and the *big monologue* oversimplistic and unmoving. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t like movies with uncharismatic characters. Maybe the script underserves them. The story is decently good. The imagery is the highlight. Mr. Müller at it again.