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  • Mystery Road

    Mystery Road

    ★★★★½

    One of the many joys of being a Netflix-subscriber is occasionally discovering a captivating story from another culture - undoubtedly buried deep in the undulating trash heap of b-flicks and big-money industry muck - that leaves you wondering: "Damn. How the hell did I not hear about this one?!" 'Mystery Road' is just such a film, and I highly recommend viewers move it to the top of their list before the bean-counters of streamerdom decide it should be replaced by…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I honestly didn't think I was watching a love story until the final moments of the film. It hints at it all along the way, of course, but I was sure the famously iconoclastic David O. Russell wouldn't ever head in such a trite direction. There has to be some kind of twist at the end, I thought. I thought wrong. Putting aside the disappointment I felt for what amounts to a tremendously cliche "Hollywood ending," the rest of the…

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  • Bill Burr: Let It Go

    Bill Burr: Let It Go

    ★★★★★

    Bill Burr is one of the greatest living comedians working in the United States today, and a personal favorite of yours truly. A brutally honest "comic's comic" in the tradition of George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Richard Pryor, Burr has the unique ability to twist perceptions on the world just enough to illicit tremendous insight and appreciation for the humane experience. He's a true story teller, and the subject is all of us. Watch this comedy special and buy tickets to Burr's show the next time he's in your town. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

  • Sleep Dealer

    Sleep Dealer

    ★★★★½

    Mediocre production values -- an indy film staple, it seems -- aren't enough to detract from this otherwise wonderful near-future dystopian tale about humanity and the eradication of the real. I loved every second of Sleep Dealer and I can't wait to recommend it to friends and family. There's literally a little bit of something here for everyone: social and economic class issues, militarism, corporatism, environmental destruction, globalization, cultural celebration, romance, a sly commentary on the political challenges of producing…