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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

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

    "We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How's that for a bit of homespun philosophy?"

    An immobilized man (physically and professionally) rekindling his thirst for perfection (in the form of Grace Kelly, of course!) by proving to her and to himself that his intuition is correct above all reasonable factoids. Not so much a treatise about the "battle of the sexes",…

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    ★★★★★

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    "Look out. Vargas will turn you into one of these here starry-eyed idealists. They're the ones making all the real trouble in the world. Be careful. They're worse than crooks! You can always do something with a crook."

    Orson Welles burst onto the scene at the same time (1941) when film noir was taking its first baby steps in the movie-going consciousness, so it makes poetic (enter George Lucas's infamous quote) sense that he would be there in 1958, even…

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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★

    Taylor Sheridan jumps the shark (the whole "country boy" LARP is over), eats lightning and craps thunder, all while accommodating Satantangelina's midlife crisis (woman, you're definitely NOT "lean"). All the good will from his first couple of scripts... vanished in the fire! Montana looks great, but, hell, most of this thing was "shot" inside a computer, so it doesn't matter anyway. Nicholas Hoult is about as threatening as the little kid he's hunting down here. And guess who's gonna reload their weapon first: a left-handed, poncho-wearing, distressed pregnant woman with a two-shot rifle or a right-handed, ruthless professional assassin with an AR-15?

    Bravo Sheridan!

  • Champion

    Champion

    ★★★½

    "Though he's no Olivier /
    He would much rather... And though he's no Olivier /
    If he fought Sugar Ray /
    He would say /
    That the thing ain't the ring, it's the play. /
    So give him a... stage /
    Where this Kirk here can rage /
    And though he could fight /
    He'd much rather women incite /
    ... that's entertainment."

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Almost the vulgar, unbearable antithesis to John Carpenter's seminal They Live: don't believe what your eyes can clearly observe around you, believe only what we want you to believe. On the text, it's a shallow Iron Man Jr. pseudo-adventure with teeny-bopper drama, cheap dollar-store humor and over-lit and weightless digital action. In other words, it's every blockbuster coming out this summer. Everything is a joke in this movie. Character development and maturation? Joke. Couples getting together? Joke. Cities destroyed? Joke.…

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy

    ★★★★

    One of the great vanity projects, not only in recent memory, but in the entire history of Hollywood. Burtonian designs, Stallonian montages, a Schumacher color palette, a barrage of musical numbers (Madonna desperately reaching for that Marilyn mystique), an endless parade of hilarious gangster grotesquerie; Beatty's aesthetical achievement here (for all its flaws) will truly never be equaled. Pacino doesn't ever shut the hell up and it's a hoot! The fact that Tracy always looks a bit out-of-synch and discombobulated…