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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raising Arizona
  • Heat
  • Point Blank

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  • Titane

    ★★★½

  • Old

    ★★★

  • Roaring 20's

    ★★★★

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★

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  • Roaring 20's

    Roaring 20's

    ★★★★

    The concept is simple; a single-take film following various couples (romantic, platonic, professional and otherwise) across Paris over a summer afternoon/evening, taking advantage of post-lockdown freedom to enjoy face to face company again. It's essentially a series of vignettes, each of them charming and emotional in slightly different ways, even if they occasionally hit a detached intellectual register. (The actor who wants to remain masked from now on is very French.)

    There's going to be a lot of Covid/post-Covid independent cinema coming out; most will probably tread similar thematic concerns. But this one is a gem.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I loved every shot of a gigantic geometric spaceship looking like a 70s SF paperback cover. What can I say, I'm a man of simple tastes.

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  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★½

    Billy Wilder, man. One of the greatest simultaneous tributes to and takedowns of Hollywood. The cast is perfect, as is the script. A classic Wilder protagonist, who dreams big but not big enough to hide his failings. And the all-time record for actor/director stunt-casting.

  • Trading Places

    Trading Places

    ★★★★

    Murphy's look to camera after the Duke brothers explain to him what bacon is ranks as one of the greatest moments in any 80s comedy.