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  • Casablanca
  • The Petrified Forest
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Sahara

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  • Key Largo

    ★★★★

  • Across the Pacific

    ★★★

  • Alien Resurrection

    ★★★

  • Alien³

    ★★★

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  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★

    Fourth of 20 in the Criterion Channel collection, John Huston: Hollywood Maverick.

    I'm a sucker for gangster flicks, stories where strangers are trapped together during a disaster, and of course, anything with Bogie. It's interesting to assess his, or anyone else's, performance here because more than a lot of other films I've seen, this one is a great showcase for actors in an ensemble making each other better. Edward G. Robinson is terrific at all times, but he's especially great…

  • Across the Pacific

    Across the Pacific

    ★★★

    First of 20 in the Criterion Channel collection, John Huston: Hollywood Maverick

    Buried under the requisite anti-Japanese rhetoric and caricatures, there is one moment in Across the Pacific that stood out. Aboard the Genoa Maru, Dr. Lorenz expounds on the difference between Japanese and western poetry:

    Dr. Lorenz: Your Occidental poet is wont to describe grand passions and heroic events. Not so with the Japanese. Their emotions are stirred by some tiny fragment of life possessing the quality of beauty.…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko

    ★★★★½

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting

    ★★★★★

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…