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  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★½

    Billy Wilder, man. One of the greatest simultaneous tributes to and takedowns of Hollywood. The cast is perfect, as is the script. A classic Wilder protagonist, who dreams big but not big enough to hide his failings. And the all-time record for actor/director stunt-casting.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    "But then I remembered that I was rich."

    This is a capital-M MOVIE, a real juggernaut that for all its up-to-eleven excess is deceptively light on its feet. Scorcese and Schoonmaker deserve all the plaudits available for making a three-hour movie that zips by, as well as being funnier than most comedies (the infamous super-quaaludes sequences is an actual work of art on its own).

    Even in his current "mature" phase (the guy has to be in his late thirties…