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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    Uh... wow. That was incredible. Not at all what I expected. A rich, exciting, moving, and shockingly fast three hours.

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★

    Beautifully human and deep, if a little slow at times.

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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant

    ★★★½

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

    Over the last few days traveling coast to coast for Labor Day, I spent a lot of time watching movies. All told, I got through 8 in 5 days. On the way back to San Francisco last night I watched The Immigrant and although it had its problems, there were some really beautiful shots sprinkled throughout the film. One of my favorites is the last minute or so of the film. Bruno has finally agreed to help Ewa get her…

  • M

    M

    ★★★★½

    At its simplest, M is about a child murderer terrorizing a German town in the 1930s and the town's frantic attempts to catch him. It's a great story, but my favorite thing about M is seeing filmmaking techniques we still use now in their infancy when filmmakers were still figuring out how to best exploit the medium.

    One of my favorite sequences, is at the beginning of the movie when we see a young girl, Elsie Beckmann, bouncing her ball…