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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Martin McDonagh's sizzling "Three Billboards" balances outright tragedy with deft black comedy in ways more skillful than I've ever seen. The premise of a woman lashing out at the local, small-town police force for their inaction after the tape and murder of her daughter doesn't carry the mantle of a laugh-out-loud picture on the surface, but McDonagh's acerbic screenplay wrings the humor out.

    And the dream cast of reliable character actors hit every note pitch for pitch here. Frances McDormand…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    "Lady Bird" should be mandatory viewing for anyone who has ever looked back at their teenage years and said, "Ugh, I was the worst." And if you look back and don't think that, you're a filthy liar.

    Greta Gerwig's directorial debut is a splendid achievement . Her knack for writing witty yet realistic dialogue shines through with a disaffected tone that matches the apathetic, disenchanted youth reminiscent of the year's setting: post-9/11 2002 - the time Gerwig herself would've been…

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    A mysterious alien seductress preys on the men of Scotland. Third time seeing this film and it's definitely my favorite of 2014. This film is breathtaking in every regard. It's definitely one of the greatest films of the new millennium if not the greatest not made by Wong, Lynch, or Weerasethakul. This is what the mad glory of cinema is all about.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    A down-on-his-luck screenwriter becomes the kept man of a deranged silent film star planning her return to the screen as Salome. The greatest film ever made, and I finally got to see it on the big screen tonight. The script is bitter, wickedly funny, and as cynical as a script can get with Joe Gillis being the best of all film noir narrators. William Holden fuels Gillis with self-loathing and caustic, witty charm to make him a crazy sort of…