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  • The Entity

    The Entity

    ★★★½

    Woman (Barbara Hershey) is raped repeatedly by giant invisible mass. Her psychiatrist thinks it’s all in the mind, until parapsychologists set a trap for the critter. Effectively sensational but a bit underwhelming in bursts. The screenplay is supposedly based on actual incident. Gloriously shot in Panavision, it's one of the best looking horror films filled with truly ingenious shots. The sound work is rather impressive. The audio pulsates whenever the 'entity' is on the prowl. It's really effective. Overall, "The Entity" is a highly intelligent take on unexplained phenomenon.

  • Crocodile Dundee

    Crocodile Dundee

    ★★★½

    Likable, laid-back Aussie comedy (that became an enormous worldwide hit) about an adventurer (Hogan) who shows a pretty American reporter (Kozlowski) around the bush country, then accompanies her to the equally strange terrain of New York City. Irresistibly simple and old-fashioned, with a sweetness that’s rare in modern comedies. Hogan, making his movie debut, also cowrote the screenplay. "Crocodile Dundee" makes the most of its fish-out-of-water premise.

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  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    ★★★½

    I feel like seeing this film in it’s intended frame rate would have only added to the hightened sense of reality. I don’t think director Ang Lee ever intended for us to feel comfortable.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★½

    Who is T.E. Lawrence? This is a film that calls out hypocrisy. It asks who you are under certain circumstances. The images of this movie are what we talk about when we talk about this movie. The bold editing in a major movie is incredibly noteworthy. "Lawrence of Arabia" is a film that had a major influence on filmmakers to come, namely in the form of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Splendid casting abounds in this film. Peter O'Toole's performance is one of the greatest in all of cinema. In short, this is as shockingly beautiful and hugely intelligent as any film ever made.