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  • Chinatown
  • Casablanca
  • The English Patient
  • Call Me by Your Name

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  • Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★½

  • Claudelle Inglish

    ★★

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  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

    A deceptively simple, but persistently devastating look at a marriage on the rocks. It's hard to pinpoint what the best parts are: you've got Sanders perfectly cast as an insecure cynic, Bergman mesmerizing as a woman at a crossroads, but perhaps the best part is the way that Rossellini consistently uses a war-ravaged Italy (and the way that less-than-a-decade after World War II, it is moving on even if some aren't ready to say goodbye to those they lost), as a metaphor for their fractured union. Beautiful cinematography, worth your time if you are unfamiliar with this chapter in Bergman's long stardom.

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

    If you’re willing to turn your brain off there’s moments in the film where nostalgia for the Looney Tunes & the admirable hero-quality of LeBron James will keep you smiling. Alas, the film is too long to sustain such intermittent joy, and fouls out before the final buzzer.

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  • Spy

    Spy

    ★★★★★

    I have seen this movie more times than I can count. Yes, it has occasional issues (the first half is better than the second), but one of McCarthy’s best, and terrific supporting work from Hart, Statham, & Byrne.

  • Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc

    ★★

    Oscar consistently made the wrong choices with Bergman, an actress of great talent who made some truly brilliant movies in Classical Hollywood (and was nominated for virtually none of them). This is a too-long religious epic that looks great (cinematography, costume, art direction-well done), but doesn't have much to say about any of its characters, even the Dauphin (Jose Ferrer in a screen debut), who might have made a more interesting central figure if the movie didn't just want to frame Bergman like a Dutch oil painting.