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matt has written 983 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Unlawful Entry

    Unlawful Entry

    ★★★½

    More timely than you'd expect and genuinely unpleasant; much more than the paranoid fantasy of rich white folks afraid of the cops that I was expecting. Should have known coming from the highly underappreciated Jonathan Kaplan. Discussed on Episode 27 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The Pawnbroker

    The Pawnbroker

    ★★★½

    A Heartbreaking Work of Steigering Genius

  • Slap Shot

    Slap Shot

    ★★★½

    "Nice talk."

  • Stick

    Stick

    ★★★½

    Uneven, weirdly paced, often silly Elmore Leonard adaptation that's nevertheless filled with great performances, bizarre shtick, and incredible stunts. Discussed on Episode 24 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★★½

    Probably my favorite from the Late-Eastwood Heroism Project, mostly because instead of focusing on the trials of law enforcement or military service or even SULLY's simple grace under fire, this is just about a culture of unending cynicism and mistrust and anger. Everyone's looking to poke holes in Richard, everyone is convinced that he's too dumb, too fat, too fucking polite to be anything other than a shifty weirdo at best, a mass-murderer at worst. Plenty of material for both…

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★½

    There's a moment in this where Tom Hanks/Mr. Rogers looks right at the camera and into your soul for a solid 20 seconds, and it's simultaneously beautiful and terrifying, as if maybe this is the last thing you'll ever see. Rest of the movie is pretty good too.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★½

    The guy who didn't invent but so perfected the biopic template that they basically made a beat-for-beat parody of it reworks that project to parallel old school masculinity with market capitalism. It's SPEED RACER for your dad. I'll forever be tantalized by the Michael Mann engine under this chassis.

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    ★★★½

    Shame about that ending though, among other things. Discussed on Episode 22 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★½

    Of course Baumbach's A Milhouse Divided replaces Can I Borrow A Feeling? with Sondheim.

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★½

    Very much 2010 to THE SHINING's 2001, a very sturdy straight-up genre sequel made by a solid, unpretentious craftsman, just about the best available version of a film nobody needed and that couldn't possibly live up to its legacy. Does a good job of reckoning with King's cornball voice and his sillier tendencies, mostly because Flanagan's formal echoes are for the most part purposeful and effective, only rarely dipping into nostalgic callbacks. I'll forgive it for not sticking the emotional landing. Rebecca Ferguson as Demon Vagabond Stevie Nicks is a hell of a mood.

  • The Report

    The Report

    ★★★½

    Occasionally hamfisted, deliberately unsexy, absolutely didactic; the inevitable comparisons to SPOTLIGHT both pro and con won't be unfounded. Sure it lacks the formal elegance/aggression of, say, ZODIAC or ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, but of course Scott Z. Burns is no Alan Pakula or David Fincher. No matter what this is a solid bipartisan 24 / ZERO DARK THIRTY diss track.

  • Gone to Earth

    Gone to Earth

    ★★★½

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top.