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matt has written 950 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★½

    Deliver Me From My Enemies

  • Serpico

    Serpico

    ★★★½

    "What happened to the cannoli line?"

  • The Black Windmill

    The Black Windmill

    ★★★½

    Siegel's formal economy can't be denied...entire crucial scenes play out here without a single cut or line of dialogue and he fills his scope frames with detail. Aside from that, even for its time this is a strangely laid back story of espionage, murder, and kidnapping, with a characteristically terse Michael Caine casually tracking down some terrorists who've abducted his boy. More than once he tells his semi-estranged wife that it's very likely their son will never be seen alive…

  • Unfaithful

    Unfaithful

    ★★★½

    Lyne's best movie, almost a deliberate reversal of FATAL ATTRACTION. Discussed on Episode 16 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★½

    Certainly more rewarding than the representation + formula = movie routine I was expecting, full of warmth and empathy and a persistent and specific perspective on not just family but the emotional value of collectivism, which might sound like a stretch but just trust me. Could have done entirely without the little IRL tag at the end, but what are you gonna do? Awkwafina is great in it.

  • The Outsider

    The Outsider

    ★★★½

    In the first ten minutes of this Belmondo has a foot chase against traffic, runs across a freeway BOWFINGER-style, and jumps off a helicopter onto a speedboat. The man does not get enough credit for his stunt work, and if nothing else happened for the rest of the movie it would still be a minor triumph. Thankfully the duration is a pulpy, grime-coated hangout in the Marseilles red-light district while Belmondo changes leather jackets in almost every scene.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★½

    Lemons into lemonade.

  • The Secret Invasion

    The Secret Invasion

    ★★★½

    A terrific war/caper hybrid with a stacked cast which includes both Mickey Rooney and the guy who played Trelane on Star Trek. Basically a no-budget GUNS OF NAVARONE knockoff.

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★½

    87 minutes of blissfully unreconstructed exactly-what-it-says-on-the-box killer animal transmission. Every time someone makes a tourniquet for a fresh chomp, take a drink.

  • Gunman's Walk

    Gunman's Walk

    ★★★½

    Characteristically clean work from Karlson, its indictment of privilege completely unpretentious, with an unheralded Tab Hunter performance. If you'll allow me to climb up my own ass for a second this would make a really interesting double feature with WHITE DOG, of all things.

  • C.C. and Company

    C.C. and Company

    ★★★½

    Best Elvis movie he never made.

  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    ★★★½

    I got nothing constructive to say about this, it's a great record and this is a great show.