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  • Raising Arizona
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Barton Fink
  • His Girl Friday

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  • King Richard

    ★★★★

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

  • An American in Paris

    ★★★★

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★★★½

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  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★★★

    Sweet, poignant, and funny. Impressively avoids any May/December romance cliches and gains more depth from the characters’ relationship (and its end?) as a result.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★★

    You're always aware of this movie as a play in every way—the stage directing, the acting, and the script. That brings mixed results. It limits what can be done visually, and that’s to this film’s detriment. It also means that the screenplay has a more stage-like dialogue flow, complete with the speechifying and voice projecting that sometimes comes off like grandstanding. 

    —HOWEVER—

    There’s a claustrophobic, small-room power to the entire movie. And if the script is full of grandstanding soliloquies,…