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  • Gifted

    Gifted

    ★★★½

    "You couldn't even find a white lawyer." ~ Roberta Taylor

    In rural Florida outside Tampa Bay, dry dock worker Frank Adler (Chris Evans) sends his precocious seven-year-old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) off by school bus to her first day in first grade. His neighbor Roberta Taylor (Octavia Spencer) is critical of he decision to have Mary enter public school. She has a super high IQ and needs special attention, but Frank believes she also needs friends and a social environment…

  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    ★★★★

    Film #21 of 33 in my Hoop-Tober 2017 challenge

    This classic horror film from director Fritz Lang meets three requirements of this year's challenge: representing Germany, it's my fourth of six countries; it's my fifth of six films released before 1970; and it's my fifth of six sequels, following up Lang's two-part 1922 silent showcase of German expressionism, "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler," a film for which I had nothing but high praise.

    Once again, Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays the infamous Dr.…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    No hay banda! It's all a tape. Il n'est pas de orquestra. It is... an illusion! ~ Bondar at Club Silencio

    This magnificent movie will mess with your mind. Over a five-hour period on Saturday night, I watched this film carefully, read up about it on the Internet, and watched it again with frequent pauses and rewinds. I know I liked it. I think I get it. But one never knows for sure with David Lynch.

    SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    Notes on my "Interstellar" Experience (not a review).

    Based on what I'd read from others on Letterboxd, I decided to splurge and pay the extra to see the 70mm version. I went to the 1:30pm showing to avoid the evening crowds, but the cinema was still about 80% full. I had to sit much closer to the screen than I normally would, but at least I got a spot dead center for optimum audio effect.

    First impression: I was bothered…