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  • Out of the Past
  • Dr. No
  • Le Samouraï
  • The Maltese Falcon

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

  • Dream a Little Dream

    ★★★½

  • C.H.O.M.P.S.

    ★★★★

  • Men

    ★★★★★

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    As I was watching Top Gun: Maverick, the 2022 sequel to the iconic 1986 blockbuster, Top Gun, I saw every plot point coming from a mile away. I knew exactly when a character would see someone looking at him through a window, I knew exactly which character would receive a military funeral, and I knew exactly when a character would save the day at just the right time. For this particular screen story, however, predictability and comfort are assets. The…

  • Dream a Little Dream

    Dream a Little Dream

    ★★★½

    Coleman, an elderly man played by Jason Robards, is happily married to the love of his life, played by Piper Laurie, but he is obsessed with the notion of using meditation as a form of physical transference so that he and his wife can possibly enjoy a renewed youth in younger bodies. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when an accident during one of his meditations causes him to be trapped in the body of Bobby, an underachiever…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

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

    After leaving her Ohio home and her Mennonite family, Susie, played by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), travels overseas to West Berlin in 1977 for admission to the Markos Dance Academy, a prestigious school governed by a group of matrons, including Madame Blanc, a stern instructor played by Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange). Meanwhile, an elderly male therapist, also portrayed by Swinton in heavy prosthetic makeup, grows increasingly suspicious while investigating the disappearance of one of the school's former dance…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    In 1969, the landscape of Los Angeles is changing. The golden age of Hollywood is in the rear view mirror, as earnestly charismatic icons of cinema are ushered out in favor of complex antihero characters in increasingly cynical stories. The idealistic hippie dreams of peace and love are being corrupted with shady undercurrents. Through it all, however, traces of classic glamour, starstruck wonder, and ambitious hopes can still be glimpsed through the tendrils of cigarette smoke.

    Years after his heyday…