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  • Interstellar
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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Singin' in the Rain

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  • Escape from New York

    ★★★★

  • King of New York

    ★★★★

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★½

  • 2046

    ★★★★½

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  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★★

    In hindsight, it’s weird how fatalistic people were in the 1980s considering that the Cold War was almost over. But at the time, its end came unexpectedly and the collapse of the Soviet Union at the turn of the 90s caught everyone off guard. With someone as hawkish as Ronald Reagan at the helm, who the hell knew whether the planet wouldn’t be blown to kingdom come sooner rather than later. “Escape from New York” doesn’t explicitly reveal a ton…

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★

    What Abel Ferrara’s “King of New York” is exceptionally good at is foregoing the glamorization of crime that other directors in this genre are guilty of but tend to get away with. Frank White isn’t some revered mafia don who runs the city from behind his desk while the who’s who come to him on their knees on his daughter’s wedding day to beg for favors. He’s an ex-con with a chip on his shoulder, who has to hit the…

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Assuming you didn’t already cancel your HBO subscription following last Sunday’s universally maligned “Game of Thrones” episode, they have much to offer beyond controversial conclusions to character arcs. “Chernobyl”, by far the best show currently airing on HBO about numerous people dying of burns all over their bodies, is a deeply unnerving experience, a detailed look at the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986 that put the whole continent at risk and made at least some people ponder whether there are…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    I have questions. Tons of them. But the one I would most like answered regrettably happens to be the one that likely never will. That is unless J.J. Abrams decides to pen his explosive tell-all memoirs some day. I want to go back to the early 2010s, shortly after Disney acquired, among other assets, the registration of the Millennium Falcon, all the real estate on housing hot spot Tatooine, and the instruction manual for how to construct a lightsaber. And…