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  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • All the President's Men
  • Zero Effect

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  • Halloween

    ★★★★

  • Knocking

  • Mumford

    ★★★

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    ★★★★

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★½

    When I was 28, I lived in Portland, Oregon for a year, working on a U.S. Senate campaign. I didn't know anyone in town, so I ended up rooming with a guy who worked on the Obama campaign. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but we were both working a lot and socializing with our respective campaigns, so we didn't see each other all that much. After a few months, I realized I'd never had a proper conversation with…

  • Breakdown

    Breakdown

    ★★★★

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

    I grew up in the suburbs in a house filled with women. There were very few adult men around. I never learned much about cars. In fact, my wife, who grew up in rural Iowa, knows way more about them than me. Even now, when I know I'm going to have to go to the mechanic, I get anxiety just thinking about how little I know, what that mechanic will think of me, and and whether or not I should…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Thought I might as well get in on the fun. Carpenter's use of widescreen and negative space is beautifully done. I assume it was brand new in 1978 and would have been absolutely terrifying at the time. Today, it plays a little like a museum piece, but a stunning one.

    I'll also say I dug the Before Sunrise-style ending montage of all the nice places us and Michael had been together.

  • Mumford

    Mumford

    ★★★

    I can't imagine how Kasdan convinced anyone to make this movie, except by saying, "I'm Lawrence Kasdan. I know what I'm doing." It's very weird and a little bit wonderful, and, most importantly to me, it has a completely singular voice. It's never quite sure whether its subverting or endorsing its Capraesque small-town kitsch, but that's okay. It's like a mainline into Kasdan's head, and, while it doesn't always work (whatever that means), I will always defend this kind of of big swing.

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  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★½

    The only reason tear-jerkers are considered low art is because we are all broken inside.

  • Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    ★★½

    "Hi folks, and Welcome to the Movie Comedy Hall of Fame. Here is an exhibit of the iconic 1988 comedy Coming to America. You'll see we have done our best to recreate it down to the last detail. We used old parts that have begun to decompose a bit, and it's all held together with low-grade glue, so please don't touch it or even look too closely, or the whole thing will fall apart."