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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Out of the Past

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  • Le Corbeau

    ★★★★

  • The Chase

    ★★★

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

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  • The Chase

    The Chase

    ★★★

    The beat up copy Prime has of this might lead one to overstate the rinky-dink aspects of the production, but I'd wager even in 4K the weird pauses and patchy editing would be noticeable. And yet there are also moments of poetry and a sense of doom to this that, coupled with the disorienting dream logic of the plot, make it feel like David Lynch avant la lettre. Can't quite get with the "total masterpiece" consensus my LB friends seem to have on "The Chase" but it's something to be seen all right; Peter Lorre is great as always, too.

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★

    Goes heavy on the Chandler influence, with a labyrinth plot and our hero always at the business end of a beating. Denzel, Beals and Cheadle all in fine form - there should've been a whole series of these.

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  • Stigma

    Stigma

    ★★★★

    Four stars may seem like a lot for a 30 minute TV movie with the slightest of storylines, but the commitment to making Serious Art and inserting issues of gender into a christmas entertainment is to be lauded, and besides this hits two of my sweet spots - 70's clothing and British rural horror.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    Forget all the rot about sacrifice and nobility that right-wing reviewers are heaping onto this film: what's really interesting about "Dunkirk" is its focus on FEAR, on soldiers already tired beyond breaking point exposed to set piece after set piece of panic, chaos and the ever present threat of drowning. Props to Nolan for not letting Stiff Upper Lip mythology override the desperate realities of that situation: even in the Good War, soldiers, as a rule, have little in the way of agency.