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  • Capernaum
  • The Irishman
  • Coco
  • Being There

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  • The Other Guys

    ★★★

  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

    ★★★½

  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

    ★★★

  • Road House

    ★★★½

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    Once "A Quiet Place" was no longer quiet, it went downhill fast. When it was quiet (and needed to be), that's when it had the most suspense. These suspenseful scenes are palpable and are what makes this film stand out. You will need to suspend your disbelief quite a bit though for this to work as a whole.

  • L.I.E.

    L.I.E.

    ★★★★½

    Maybe you haven't heard of Michael Cuesta, but this was his best-directed film by far. Since making this, he had mostly been an executive producer and part-time director for some very good TV shows, such as Homeland, Dexter, and Six Feet Under. He also made some other movies, such as Roadie and Kill the Messenger, but nothing compared to this. Featuring a young, aspiring actor named Paul Franklin Dano (who now seems to be in almost everything), I always find…

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  • Idiocracy

    Idiocracy

    ★★½

    Much closer to Beavis and Butt-head in its attempt at humor than it is to Office Space. I was hoping for a biting satire, but this is far too lazy for that. Mike Judge is capable of better. I just haven't found his cinematic live-action equivalent to King of the Hill yet. We can only hope. Apparently, the next best offering is Silicon Valley. I will tackle that series next.

  • Black Mirror: Men Against Fire

    Black Mirror: Men Against Fire

    ★★★½

    Probably the closest to NC-17 of the Black Mirrors in terms of language and violence. Michael Kelly at his most chilling recalls my fondest House of Cards memories.

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  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★

    Antonio Banderas has never been better as Salvador Mallo, an aging writer-director who looks back at aspects of his life with sadness and regret. His story is told through flashbacks of him as a nine-year-old boy (with his mother played by the wonderful Penélope Cruz) and much more recently, just before his aging mother dies (not played by Penélope Cruz). She surprises him by saying that he was not always the best son to her, and her death leaves him…

  • The Minus Man

    The Minus Man

    ★★★½

    I tell people all the time that Owen Wilson once played a serial killer back in 1999. No one ever believes me. Here you go.