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  • Days of Heaven
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Blade Runner
  • The Conversation

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  • An Angel at My Table

    ★★

  • Scarlet Street

    ★★★★½

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

  • Casque d'Or

    ★★★★½

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  • An Angel at My Table

    An Angel at My Table

    I don't want to sound callous about Frame's mental health problems – and I also don't want to sound like a screenwriting manual – but it is intolerable to spend three hours with someone so maddeningly passive and timid. In particular – and this is an absolute rule – you simply cannot ask me to invest in a protagonist who collapses in sobs because a hotel can't find her reservation!! No doubt the real Frame was a fascinating and important…

  • Scarlet Street

    Scarlet Street

    ★★★★½

    Men Going Their Own Way

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Can any explain to me why Amy Adams' character doesn't prevent her daughter from getting cancer? We know that she can use her knowledge of the future to intervene in the present, as she does with General Shang. The random cell mutation that causes cancer in her daughter will have required a specific set of circumstances at the molecular level – it's exceptionally bad luck (see the amazing account in Francis Spufford's Red Plenty of how many different things have…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Sasha Lane dancing to "We Found Love" in front of the oil workers is the 2016 version of Linda Manz dancing to the harmonica in Days of Heaven.