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  • V for Vendetta
  • The Fifth Element
  • Heat
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

    ★★★½

  • The Masque of the Red Death

    ★★★★

  • Alfie

    ★★★½

  • Scream

    ★★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What we're witnessing here is an artist at war with themselves and with the studio, the money and power, behind them that says they'll lend them a blank canvas to paint a new version of a picture that the studio just as well would have had someone else paint for them. Coincidentally, though, it's a new version of an original painting by the artist that they're looking for and the new version said artist comes up with will be heavily…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It might have been something I noticed only since Baby Driver in particular but Edgar Wright's films have rhythm and I love that. Barely 15 minutes in or so and you get a neon sign flashing different colors which are changing with the beat of the song playing and that's not the only way in which colors are special and important in Last Night in Soho.

    Edgar Wright's latest film is such a stylish enterprise that its title font and…

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  • La Vérité

    La Vérité

    ★★★★½

    A love story inside a murder trial that probes deep into the past of a relationship between two people and all the human entanglements that came along with it. It's a story of passion, jealousy, light-hearted fun and profound affection, ambition, bitterness and the indescribable pain of wanting.

    It's quite a far cry style-wise from, say, Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution which seemed to enjoy the cat-and-mouse like trial and twists and turns, whereas Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder favored…

  • Panic

    Panic

    ★★★½

    This is a very intriguing film that chronicles how mob justice can spread like a wildfire once the initial seeds of doubt about a person are sewn and it's pretty shocking how much the story devolves as it unfolds and how ruthless certain characters act, realizing the extent of their acts way too late.

    Monsieur Hire is kind of the village grouch and he doesn't have a lot of interest in mingling and interacting with his neighbors, which is why…

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★★

    An Indonesian rape and revenge film that somehow feels less exploitative and more grounded than comparable genre-fare. Also, it's not as visually dark and depressing as one might expect from such material but rather glary.

    It's definitely a mood-piece because the film relies heavily on its images along Marlina's journey and is therein definitely akin to the western genre, which also applies to the plot, which is pretty straightforward and without too many twists or turns. Some might take away…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    This film shouldn't work.

    The title basically tells you exactly what kind of a story you're in for. It brings a plethora of expectations with it and, even if you just heard the trailer during previews you'll have picked up on a couple of spoilery details and of course there's a lot of invisibility lore to draw from under the guise of this title (a lore, which I'll actually plan to catch up on, courtesy of an Invisible Man films…