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  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    ★★★★

    Turn the holy pictures so they face the wall

  • The Pawnbroker

    The Pawnbroker

    ★★★½

    A Heartbreaking Work of Steigering Genius

  • Snow Job

    Snow Job

    ★★★

    Extremely laid back heist film starring Jean-Claude Killy. The threadbare plot is mostly built out from the tons of great skiing footage courtesy Willy Bogner, which is basically the main attraction (especially because Killy is an absolute charisma vacuum who can barely get his dialogue out), at least until when Vittorio De Sica turns up as the insurance investigator.

  • Murder at 1600

    Murder at 1600

    ★★½

  • The Net

    The Net

    Surprisingly not the story of how the we're all heading for a collision course on the information superhighway, but instead a tale of the most inept criminal conspiracy ever committed to celluloid. Discussed on Episode 26 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Never Talk to Strangers

    Never Talk to Strangers

    ★★½

    But by all means feel free to bite their butts. Discussed on Episode 26 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    ★★

    One thing Noah Hawley and Natalie Portman have in common is that I have always thought that they both mostly suck, congratulations to me for being such a smarty.

  • The Brothers Bloom

    The Brothers Bloom

    ★★½

    Certainly it's not news that Johnson's movies are often too clever by half, but for me this one totally escaped him and hits an almost instantly irritating wavelength, Wes Anderson scratching a chalkboard. I've seen it three times now but have never gotten through it in one sitting.

  • New York, New York

    New York, New York

    ★★★★

    Don't have a ton to add to the discourse on what does or doesn't work about this, except to say that it's a hell of a big swing, especially since once you strip away the astounding artifice and Hollywood metadata and those heavily improvised performances, this is a simple story about a woman struggling to escape an abusive relationship.

  • Slap Shot

    Slap Shot

    ★★★½

    "Nice talk."

  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★

    I remain a fan of such merciless silliness, especially when it has this movie's Irwin Allen-esque charms. You can blame this for not being as convincing or as exciting as JURASSIC PARK but why would you want to when it's this much stupid fun?

  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★½

    Not even the people that made this seemed to want to do it. A monumental shrug.