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  • Diner
  • The Ice Harvest
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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  • Spinout

    ★½

  • Mystery Train

    ★★★★

  • Batman: Year One

    ★★½

  • The Long, Hot Summer

    ★★★

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  • Spinout

    Spinout

    ★½

    Whatever the sins of Speedway it at least contained a fair amount of actual race footage and at least one decent, well-produced number (He’s Uncle Not Your Dad). Spinout has neither, and while Shelly Fabreres has a leg (or two) up on Nancy Sinatra, it doesn’t make up for the presence of Deborah Walley, a would-be cute character actress so infinitely grating I wanted her drowned before it was all over.

    Shitty. Deeply so.

  • Mystery Train

    Mystery Train

    ★★★★

    I like the first two segments better than the last but this is a great hang movie. Love Stranger Than Paradise but I suspect this is my new favorite Jarmusch.

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  • The Tinder Swindler

    The Tinder Swindler

    ★★★

    I haven’t seen an ending that disappointing since Rise of Skywalker

  • Umberto D.

    Umberto D.

    ★★★½

    The extent of my love and affection for dogs is such that I barely breathed during the final 15 minutes of this movie while the fate of both Flike and Umberto remained in question. 

    A Hollywood happy ending and what qualifies as an Italian Neo Realist happy ending are vastly different animals, no pun intended. A Hollywood ending is only happy if true love prevails, the leads marry, the co leads make out, the company is saved, the team wins…