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  • Silvia Prieto

    Silvia Prieto

    ★★★★★

    Amélie on Xanax

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    One of the most disgusting displays of American imperialism, machismo and violence I've ever witnessed. Also some of the most gorgeous, epic, cinematography I've ever seen. The domestic shots reminded me of Ordet, the way each family gathers around a table or a hearth, having a conversation almost sitcom-style. There's the briefest flicker of empathy towards the Comanches — during the raid at the end, a Comanche father seems to scoop up a child and run away from a stampede of rangers. That hardly excuses the parade of horrible behavior on the part of the settlers. Rename John Wayne Airport!

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  • Queen of Diamonds

    Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★★

    When fingernails are the star of a movie.

  • The Big Blue

    The Big Blue

    ★★★★

    What “The Big Blue” is, exactly, isn’t entirely clear, but according to the eponymous jazz tune that plays throughout the film, it “isn’t something that you want.” With a script penned by Jim Neu, who also contributed his dispassionate dialogue to Doomed Love, The Big Blue tells the story of Jack (David Brisbin), a private detective who begins his journey confident in his role as a bystander, maintaining a safe distance from the shady dealings he’s observing from afar. Neu…