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  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★½

    “That is the kind of woman that makes whole civilizations topple!“

  • Animal Crackers

    Animal Crackers

    ★★★★½

    The purest Marx Brothers picture. While Duck Soup and Monkey Business are better, Animal Crackers is the closest we’ll get to seeing what the Marxes were like onstage, as this is the second and final adaptation of their famed Broadway shows. This film is the equivalent of the first reel of Hellzapoppin’ in that regard. The Cocoanuts preceded Animal Crackers but is hindered by blocky staging resulting from the primitive recording of sound for the cinema. Animal Crackers debuted only…

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★½

    This is the America I believe in.

    Farmers' market cupcakes,
    A bar without a television,
    Method Man doing his laundry,
    Going to the mall on a Saturday to watch Island of Lost Souls,
    And a middle class blue collar life.

    The Limits of Control is about anger.
    Only Lovers Left Alive is about apathy.
    Paterson is about passion.

  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language

    ★★★★½

    Cat videos are for hacks. Dog videos are for auteurs.