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  • The Bachelors

    The Bachelors

    ★½

    An overwritten, inauthentic drama about moving on from loss, both geographically and emotionally. The grieving widower who only felt significant because his wife made him feel so is the sort of role J.K. Simmons should nail--sadly, the writing and directing fail him.

  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown

    The Ballad of Lefty Brown

    ★★★½

    An earnest, old-fashioned Western starring a career-best Bill Pullman as an aging, ne'er-do-well sidekick whose heroism is put to the test when his partner is killed. No revisionism here; just solid, thoughtful frontier justice.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.