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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    Madeline is one of the most unsettling, sometimes even terrifying characters I've seen in a movie in a long time.

  • A Walk in the Sun

    A Walk in the Sun

    ★★★★

    One of the strangest WWII films, small and ambling, with snappy dialogue in loose-limbed scenes.

    It's all the more odd for having been released in '45. The style and tone anticipate trends that would be significant in European films and American indies decades later.

    (That release date, which fell after Germany's surrender, probably cut short any chance to build a real audience.)

    Production problems could account for some of the film's shagginess but can't explain why anyone thought using cowboy…

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  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★½

    Like a gleeful satire based on an early Vertigo comics mini-series that never existed.

  • Frank

    Frank

    ★★★★½

    Tough truth: as an artist, you're probably shit.

    End sequence captures the ineffable magic of creating music with kindred spirits.