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  • Casablanca
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Easy Living
  • Rio Bravo

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  • Elite Squad

    ★★★★

  • U.S. Marshals

    ★★★

  • St. Ives

    ★★★½

  • The Cure: Eurockéennes 2012

    ★★★★

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  • Elite Squad

    Elite Squad

    ★★★★

    A very intense and horrific tale of cops in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. And not just any cops, but a special quasi-military Elite Squad, BOPE, that is made up of non-corrupt cops. Police brutality laws are non-existent in Brazil. But the gangs are so violent it seems a no-win situation. Just a lot of dead bodies. The BOPE is given the job of clearing one of the 700(!) slums before the Pope's visit where His Holiness will be…

  • U.S. Marshals

    U.S. Marshals

    ★★★

    Somehow I forgot to log this back when I watched it. It was entertaining. The same crew of Marshals that hunted for Harrison Ford as The Fugitive are back hunting for Wesley Snipes. The main thing here is the banter between the Marshals. Tommy Lee Jones is just great.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★½

    What a waste of a great idea. If you decide to watch this, you can skip the first half-hour as all that happens is he's a photographer and something of a jerk. Finally, half-hour in he takes the photos that play in the plot. Then a bunch of nothing happens, then finally he develops the film and it's a great scene as he figures out just what he took pictures of. At 1 hour 34 minutes, we get to see The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. 1/2 star for the "blow-up" scene, and one star for The Yardbirds.