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  • The Matrix
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • North by Northwest
  • Once Upon a Time in the West

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  • After the Thin Man

    ★★★★

  • Dark Passage

    ★★★★

  • The World Is Not Enough

    ★★

  • Shallow Grave

    ★★★★½

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  • Dark Passage

    Dark Passage

    ★★★★

    Delmer Daves’ Rope. Not regarding a seemingly one-take, one-setting scenario, but specifically referring to a filmmaker taking big swings with camerawork and direction within a B-genre that it’s always interesting to behold. Lauren Bacall sizzles, Agnes Moorehead chews all her scenery and Bogie delivers a fascinatingly understated performance where his eyes and voice do most of the heavy-lifting. Loved this way more than I was expecting.

  • Shall We Dance

    Shall We Dance

    ★★★★

    “Well, you got me into this! The least you could do is marry me!”

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    If I had to describe Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader, imagine he riffs on Kurt Cobain as Jack Nicholson’s J.J. Gittes by way of Frank Miller’s Bruce Wayne. The moodiness of his take, as he and director Matt Reeves have almost irascibly described at length during numerous recent interviews, is more than justified upon watching this film; yet the movie has such a heart, genuine sexual chemistry and the detective aspects that have been missing from several previous…

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★

    This movie kicks seven different kinds of ass, and feels way more akin to Posse and The Quick and the Dead than the Django Unchained vibes it’s being marketed under. Jonathan Majors proves once more he’s this generation’s Denzel, leading a cast of antiheroes and villains all bringing their A-game. The incredible soundtrack is a tribute to all periods of black music, often mixing several genres within the same track. This is a pulpy, stylish, revenge movie we’ll be watching (and rewatching) for years…