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  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    THE THEATRICAL VERSION. The original comic book movie is still one of the best: nothing short of a piece of cinematic magic.

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★★

    A refreshing change of pace after the second film, which felt more like a retread than anything else. As opposed to being locked into a more traditional exorcism story (it quickly recovers from the early faux pas of mimicking the most famous possession movie of all time), the film becomes a mystery that moves at a much faster pace than the previous entries. The acting is good, as it always is. But the storytelling is stronger, almost matching the classical quality of the original film in the series.

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  • 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.

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese’s lone 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.