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  • Stage Beauty

    Stage Beauty

    ★★★

    One topless shot of Crudup/Danes, 
    does not a captivating movie make.

  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★½

    For the level of 'stacked' that this cast achieves, the level of 'stranger-than-fiction' the story holds, and the level of 'clever' the writing accomplishes, one sure would expect this movie to grab an audience way more effectively than it did.

    Something is just missing here, whether it be chemistry or emotional beats or believability or what have you. There's a hollowness to 'Tag' that made it less than desirably captivating, and it sure is a bummer.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★½

    The bedrock on which all ensuing political satires were built, the metric by which they're all gauged, and the mark on the wall that none have reached. All hail 'Dr. Strangelove'.

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★★

    This was an incredibly well-built film, plain and simple. I'll recommend this to anyone who will listen.

    I know I can get a little repetitive in these reviews, but I haven't said this about a flick in some time, so you gotta know I mean it: 'Stan & Ollie' has 100% cohesive performances. We don't see this all too often in modern cinema, but it happens here - each and every actor in this cast fits the tone, pace, emotional beats, and delivery in seamless fashion.

    Funny, tasteful, heart-stringy, excellently performed, patient, self-aware, and maybe above all - non-fiction.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★★★

    I wish there were 15 more movies within the Newman/Redford body of work. These two work so wonderfully together, and I for one wouldn’t tire of it if they had a whole universe.

    One of my main takeaways is that Butch and the Kid are important influencers of the superhero genre we know today. Their banter is complementary, their strengths and weaknesses supplement each other’s weaknesses, their arcs rival that of our most beloved anti-heroes, and they go out in a blaze of glory as all the best do.

    This might be among my favorites all time - real talk.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★½

    James McAvoy could be cast in a coming-of-age tale as a paraplegic 13 year old transitioning from female to gender-neutral with a blended Mandarin-Scottish accent and a hoofed appendages - I would still sign on for a four hour epic.

    This dude has. it. going. on.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke

    ★★★★½

    Callin’ it a job don’t make it right.

    whoah...

    *check back later for the other review when I can start to articulate how I feel about Cool Hand Luke.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★

    I wish I could see this the way all its fans see it, but I can’t get past his daughter’s closing statement:

    At least we’ll know where to find you.

    lol

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    ★★★½

    3 years before ‘Sherlock Holmes’?.. RDJ sure figured out a way to deliver lines that worked well for him.

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    This Riz Ahmed stock is R I S I N G y’all.
                                                              Get it while it’s hot!

  • Into the Dark: Pooka!

    Into the Dark: Pooka!

    Maybe my least favorite movie in all of 2018.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Believe. The. Hype.

    This has to be the smartest Spider-Man installation to date.