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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Auto Focus
  • Fight Club
  • Heathers

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  • The Foreigner

    ★★★

  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

    ★★★½

  • Mona Lisa

    ★★★★½

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

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  • The Foreigner

    The Foreigner

    ★★★

    Martin Campbell is a rare breed- an action director who doesn't expurgate the grace notes or dense characterizations. Jackie Chan's sunken eyes have never been so melancholy. It's a diametrical change-of-pace for Chan and certifies that he can be impregnable dramaturgy actor outside of his supple choreography.

    The scenes in which Chan is lemur-like on pipes and against knife-wielding terrorists are his forte but he definitely stretching his chops with his grief-stricken, morose performance here and it's an unqualified success. The Authentic IRA impetus becomes convoluted but Chan and his foil Pierce Brosnan are always gangbusters.

  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

    Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

    ★★★½

    Of the piebald comedy tropes, it's unfortunate that the transvestite Canadian entourage Kids in the Hall have only been afforded one cinematic adaptation. They are infinitely funnier than the Broken Lizard riffraff. The satire of the pharmaceutical industry via the drug Gleemonex and the public's dependency on it as a supplement is presciently incisive.

    The tangents are feverishly side-splitting ("I think we got it." "Who are you?" "Just a guy." while slinking away). The grey-haired monolith Don Roritor is a…

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    'The Last Duel' is a contemporarily inflammatory, invigoratingly crescendoing based-on-true-events medieval epic from Ridley Scott. In an intellectually egalitarian effort, the 'Good Will Hunting' screenwriting duo yoked their polarizing male perspectives to Nicole Holofcener's muliebrile account in a 'Rashomon' infrastructure of "the truth according to" discrepancies.

    Perorating directly on the Me Too movement, 'The Last Duel' is a starkly highbrow, pundit reminder of the misopolemical voicelessness of women in 1386 Paris, France. At one point, a caucus is adjourned for…

  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★

    ‘Together Together' is an ungainly comedy-drama with Ed Helms relegated to his foppish repertoire and Asberger's-Syndrome cringe humor (he nidifies the in vitro surrogate mother Anna (Patti Harrison) with a teddy bear for the infant). The deadpan technician is one of the few winsome aspects.
    Since Anna and Matt are associates by serendipity, their usufructuary relationship never infracts beyond the platonic stage. While Harrison is a trans-woman discovery for her off-kilter casting, she is much too obsequious and demure to…