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  • City of Ghosts

    City of Ghosts

    ★★½

    Following the lives of an exiled admin group of facebook news source Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, the film serves the same purpose as the international journalism prize they're awarded: spreading awareness of crimes against humanity in Syria but less of them as human characters; glossing over the presumably mind-altering experience not only of having their city taken over by religious death squads but the over-riding sense of duty to defy ISIS's proven threats of torture and execution. After all,…

  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money

    Casino Jack and the United States of Money

    ★★★★½

    The rise and fall of Republican brown shirt Jack Abramov told through insightful talking heads and edited with acerbic wit. The definitive documentary on US congressional lobbyists and a good companion to Gibney's other yuppy-scum masterpiece "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room".

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  • Straight Time

    Straight Time

    ★★★★★

    One of the most compelling and relatable anti-hero masterpieces from the American golden age.
    Dustin Hoffman is lean and commanding like a runner in a never-ending race - articulating the puzzling contradictions of his character with codified restraint, the dramatic potential of his micro-expressions thoroughly mined by beautiful long-lens cinematography. And as long lenses track and imprison him in the chaotic depth of real-world locations, the story action does the work of answering questions raised by Hoffman's suggestions.

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★½

    Form follows function in this written-produced-directed-edited-scored film from Vince Gallow about the narcissist Billy Brown, with Gallow in the lead of course. Besides the nostalgic aesthetic feel, throwing back to 70s anti-hero cinema through its mix of non-actors and character actors, long-lens photography and anonymous inner city scenarios, the real interest in Gallow's auteurship comes from the underlying self-deprecation in his megalomania.