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  • Spirited Away
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Tree of Life
  • Paterson

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  • The Quick and the Dead

    ★★★½

  • Men in Black

    ★★★★½

  • Personal Best

    ★★★★

  • The Princess Bride

    ★★★★

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  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    ★★★½

    A fun idea that's also the film's largest obstacle: a tournament of quick shooters gathered in a town that feels like an authentic backlot set, each pitted against each other in a winner-take-all dueling tournament. This attracts an interesting and arrogant cast of characters - one would have to be pretty confident in their quick draw skills to enter a competition where a losing round likely means death - but since we know whose names come first in the credits,…

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black

    ★★★★½

    I’d always looked back on this with fondness, but it has a stronger endurance than I gave it credit for. Its 90s-ism isn’t as pervasive as I’d remembered, most of it contained in the Dennis Rodman joke/Will Smith rap handoff at the finish. The effects are vintage, but more often weighty than superficial, and the ramp up from wtf to cool af goes surprisingly smooth for as quick as the movie moves.

    And how I’d forgotten the effortless charisma of…

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  • The Public

    The Public

    ★½

    It's fascinating how this film has no idea how anybody's job actually functions - librarians, city attorneys, hostage negotiators, property managers, newscasters, mayoral candidates. It almost gets a pizza delivery guy right until the deliverer can recite the exact price of the pies and additional toppings off his dome. The movie is very earnest, which is not a problem, and is very dumb, which is.

    Estevez plays Stuart Goodson, a librarian who gets caught up in an lock-down situation with…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★

    The unbroken shots in Children of Men created a deliberate cinematic effect, framing our attention and paying mind to pace, using the technique to add a unique element of choreography that complimented the goals of the story. Birdman created an atmosphere of time slipping away as doubt and self-destruction threaten to destroy a play as we hurtle toward its opening. In 1917 Sam Mendes has simply found a more difficult way to achieve something conventional. It's a cinematic lipogram.

    There…