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  • Acid Rain
  • The House by the Sea
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  • Pottersville

    ★★★

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    ★½

  • Mondo Domino

    ★★★★

  • Zulu

    ★★★½

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  • Pottersville

    Pottersville

    ★★★

    Wow! OK, it's not War and Peace, but nor did it set out to be. One review I read away from LBD describes it as an 'amiable misfire', and that's probably a fair assessment, as well as being one that could be ascribed to most seasonal movies. But I was unprepared for the viciousness of the reviews of this movie, it does seem like some people just feel the need to cultivate followers by being downright nasty. It's the usual Christmas fare, weirdness resolving to people finding the real meaning, harmless enough and sometimes funny, and not deserving of all this spite.

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    The Kindness of Strangers

    ★½

    I felt I had to watch this to see which character Nighy would play this time; it wasn't really a strong enough reason, but I went with it. The film is more molasses than syrup, and arguably an entirely unrealistic snapshot of what makes NYC a harsh reality for many. It tries to run with a homelessness theme as part of the central plot, but entirely misses any perceptive read of actual homelessness; there are moments when we get a…

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  • Pocket Listing

    Pocket Listing

    ★★★

    One of those L.A. satires that always make me think it must be horrible place to live. Better than expected, with some nice twists and turns, and some borrowed noir elements that keep it fun.

  • Glass Chin

    Glass Chin

    ★★★★★

    Loved this. It's a story we've seen before, but the art is in the telling. I've read reviewers saying Billy Crudup stole every scene he was in, and it's true he plays one of those corrosively slick hyper-intelligent bad guys, complete with a scene inside an art installation worthy of David Lynch (think Blue Velvet). Crudup also benefits from the only real close-up shot in the movie; but I think Corey Stoll carries it through a nuanced and complex take…