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  • The Bad Sister

    The Bad Sister

    ★★★

    Bogie's third feature and Bette's screen debut--worth a look for that plus the scene-stealing little squirt, David Durand. And Zasu Pitts is a hoot!

  • Cat Ballou

    Cat Ballou

    ★★½

    Not sure how I missed this over the years...but I wonder if I'd have found it all that funny, even back then, as a teen or young adult. It's pretty dated. But Jane Fonda has her charms and I can certainly see why folks got a kick out of Lee Marvin's performance(s). It just doesn't hold up very well.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Well, even after all the hype and all the stuff I read about this picture I was surprised by the ending. (And I don't mean by the Tarantino violence.) Actually not completely sure I like the way it ends; I'll have to mull on it a bit.

    But I can't say enough about DiCaprio's work here--he was excellent in a demanding role. It was also one of Brad Pitt's best performances. And the dog was great.

  • A Quiet Passion

    A Quiet Passion

    DNF. I suppose Cynthia Nixon is okay, given this impossibly stagey, insufferable, stilted script. The dialogue is so forced and false, the acting so bad it's laughable. The only one who breathes any life into the movie is Jennifer Ehle as Lavinia--at least her face moves! Most of the acting is done in still-life and/or a sitting position and the lines are pronounced, enunciated at the camera as if the actors were all trying out for a junior high Shakespeare play...Very disappointing.