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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Personally, I have never wondered what Bob whispers in Charlotte's ear in the final scene because Roger Ebert's suggestion in his review cannot be improved upon: "Had we but world enough and time..." I can't imagine the movie without it.

    I'm 40 years old, which means I was closer to Charlotte's age when I first saw Lost in Translation, and I'm closer to Bob's age now. Maybe that's why this movie hurt my heart so much more on this viewing.…

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★½

    When I was 28, I lived in Portland, Oregon for a year, working on a U.S. Senate campaign. I didn't know anyone in town, so I ended up rooming with a guy who worked on the Obama campaign. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but we were both working a lot and socializing with our respective campaigns, so we didn't see each other all that much. After a few months, I realized I'd never had a proper conversation with…

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  • Caught

    Caught

    ★★½

    A man's movie pretending to be a woman's movie. Pretty dreadful, but you can always admire how Ophuls's moves that camera.

  • The Killing of Two Lovers

    The Killing of Two Lovers

    ★★★★½

    The Killing of Two Lovers, a great film, really gets how psychologically stressful living in a small town can be. When things are bad, there are no distractions. You're stuck with who you are and what you've done.

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  • Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    ★★½

    "Hi folks, and Welcome to the Movie Comedy Hall of Fame. Here is an exhibit of the iconic 1988 comedy Coming to America. You'll see we have done our best to recreate it down to the last detail. We used old parts that have begun to decompose a bit, and it's all held together with low-grade glue, so please don't touch it or even look too closely, or the whole thing will fall apart."

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    Exquisitely photographed. Maybe too exquisitely. The title says it all. These characters never became fully realized people to me. Only icons, gods in an ancient myth that the film is too afraid to scrutinize.