There was a title shown at the end of The Imitation Game (2014) that made me mad. “Between 1885 and 1967,” it read, “approximately 49,000 homosexual men were convicted of gross indecency under British law.” We had, briefly, been told earlier …

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Inherent Vice (2014) is all about mood. The movie, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is a fever dream inside a bad trip on top of a psychedelic freak-out locked away in a kaleidoscopic booby hatch. Is it about …

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Perhaps Alejandro González Iñárritu thinks that artistic truth is a fantasy. Perhaps he thinks that if it were possible, it’s so finite that the artists of past generations had already taken all of it before Iñárritu even got to the …

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A nun calls one of her novitiates into her office. The younger woman is on the verge of taking her vows. Her prioress tells her that she has an aunt in the city, the novitiate’s only living relative, and that …

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In the goofy comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), there is a justly famous battle royale that stops the picture in its tracks. Our hero Ron and his band of newsmen are confronted by their cross-station rivals. Then a …

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Jack (a decidedly too-young Daniel Huttlestone) leans wistfully against a massive branch of a large tree. “You think of all of the things you’ve seen,” he sings in “Giants in the Sky,” “and you wish that you could live in …

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