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  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Iron Giant
  • Heathers
  • Love Letter

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  • Dead for a Dollar

    ★★★½

  • News of the World

    ★★★½

  • The Spine of Night

    ★★½

  • Geometry

    ★★★½

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  • The Hidden

    The Hidden

    ★★★½

    Kyle MacLachlan honing his "weird FBI agent" shtick a few years before Twin Peaks. Not really a horror movie, more a sci-fi crime thriller, but part of the Criterion Channel's new 80s Horror series nevertheless. A mostly perfunctory yet overall entertaining movie.

    I'm not ashamed to say that Claudia Christian as a stripper was an unexpected  highlight, having only seen her be a strict hard-ass in Babylon 5 before!

  • Cliff Walkers

    Cliff Walkers

    ★★★½

    A tense, but also confusing, spy thriller set in early 1930s China. The plot honestly rests on a MacGuffin the movie quite quickly almost forgets about, but director Zhang keeps the tension going relentlessly anyway, though it's hard to tell the players apart and keep up, as they all dress alike in black hats and coats.  It all looks marvelous, though – and cold! Easily the chilliest movie I've seen in a while, with big, heavy snow falling constantly throughout.

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★★

    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Young Scanners.

    I don't think I've ever been so relieved to see the "No animals were hurt during the making of this movie" disclaimer before.