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  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★½

    Can never be down on a movie this weird, and I’m always appreciative of the times these rare films make it out of Hollywood. Millions of dollars thrown at a very strange, bloated, slow-paced psych-out film with a vision and while it doesn’t have much on its mind, it has plenty to look at. Turns out to be a little less than the sum of its parts, but hey, at least those parts are nicely bizarre.

  • Night Owls

    Night Owls

    ★★★½

    A nice little revival of a screwball rom-com, with some deft physical comedy and great chemistry between the two leads. Good premise, good script, and great leads that bounce and spark off each other and that’s all you need sometimes.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Next

    Next

    ★★

    The shot of Nic Cage looking at Jessica Biel when the kid says, “he looks at you the way my brother looks at his girlfriend” belongs in the Louvre. Throw out the Mona Lisa. Throw it all out. We have reached the top.