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  • Taxi Driver
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Conversation
  • Dressed to Kill

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  • Strangers Kiss

    ★★

  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

    ★★½

  • Avatar

    ★★★★★

  • The Whistle Blower

    ★★★

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  • Strangers Kiss

    Strangers Kiss

    ★★

    Describing it as a curiosity is probably ascribing too much praise to it. The film, which should be fascinating, is rather cold and remote, with no character that truly lets us into the story. As primitive as it is, at least KILLER'S KISS (the film that's being made throughout this film) is a more engaging film, with things to offer us other than its mere existence.

  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

    ★★½

    A truly bizarre film. It does contain a wonderfully off-kilter performance by Michael Shannon, and anything Herzog does is always interesting by definition, but I'm still not sure that there's any there there.

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  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese’s first foray into the psychological thriller is so bracing and downright terrifying at times, it’s a shame he's only returned to the genre once in the years since. A vastly underrated performance by De Niro dominates the picture, though all the performances are terrific. And Elmer Bernstein’s adaptation of the Bernard Herrmann score from the original film goes a long way towards making the spine tingle.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Elegies usually aren’t this joyful. But when Quentin Tarantino is at the helm, anything is possible. The effort expended to recreate 1969 Los Angeles is awe-inspiring. The performances are uniformly excellent, especially the two leads (Pitt, in particular, is practically a shoo-in for a Supporting Actor nomination ). The pace may seem languid to some, but the off-beat humor of it all keeps the movie going, building to a most satisfying conclusion.