The Dallas Movie Screening Group

This is the homepage of the Dallas Movie Screening Group. To join our mailing list you must sign up at our group page on Yahoo. You will then be connected to receive notices on how to find passes to the local screenings in the DFW area. It's up to you to pickup or sign up for passes. You can also barter, trade or just giveaway passes you don't want, need or share with other members of the group. Please read the instructions on the Yahoo page very carefully before posting. This group is closely moderated so that your mail box is not full of spam or other unnecessary mail. We appreciate everyone's consideration and cooperation.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Gentlemen







(Review by Chase Lee)





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The Gentlemen







“The Gentlemen” finds director Guy Ritchie returning to the frenzied style of his earlier films, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch.” Although this film isn’t as chaotic as either of those movies, it features a similar rhythm and the same snappy dialogue and violently humorous situations that defined those movies. Here, Ritchie is more restrained. He orchestrates the movie in a way that allows him to focus on his style without detracting from the story, which gets a little overly complicated at times.

In "The Gentlemen," Matthew McConaughey stars as drug kingpin Mickey Pearson. Mickey is looking to sell his cannabis business, a vast empire he's built from the ground up that spans across the UK. After snubbing tabloid magazine editor Big Dave (Eddie Marsan), Mickey’s desire to get out starts a string of events that put a hinge on leaving the business. Big Dave has hired Fletcher (Hugh Grant) to follow and spy on Mickey. Fletcher's decided to use his findings for blackmail. Seeing the opportunity for a large payout, Fletcher confronts Mickey's right-hand man, Ray (Charlie Hunnam), breaking into his house and presenting him, in a cheeky touch, with a screenplay that chronicles the events that have transpired until that point. It's through this presentation that the audience watches the world of Mickey Pearson unfold and fall apart.

Ritchie covers a lot of material in a short amount of time, making the beginning a little difficult to follow. There are multiple characters to introduce, each with their own background story. It's quick and rapid-fire presentation can leave the viewer feeling uncertain about many of the characters and their connection to each other. It doesn't help that the movie is presented out of sequence, although, this isn't anywhere near as confusing as it could have been. There is also a subplot or two that don't completely mesh with the film. They initially weave into the story with a purpose but stick around after that purpose is filled, leaving the viewer puzzled as to the reason for their continued inclusion.

After a shaky start, “The Gentlemen” starts to find a groove. Ritchie does a good job handling the material, a zippy crime caper that's light on its feet despite its brutal violence and crass language. As the movie progresses, things start to become clearer as the viewer begins to piece the information together. The film is funny, not always laugh-out-loud funny though it does deliver some of those scenes too. The actors are completely absorbed in their roles, creating a cohesive, energetic ensemble. These characters may not be totally realistic, performances border on the side of over-the-top, but that’s part of the fun. Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell are the scene stealers. Grant's character is cheeky and more than a little awkward, playing against his usual type of suave and cool. Farrell plays a character named Coach whose students make the mistake of breaking into one of Mickey's locations and stealing his product. His dialogue is some of the best in the movie. The character is quick on his feet, fighting with his mind more often than with his brawn.

"The Gentlemen" barrels along to an almost satisfactory conclusion. The production design is sleek and well-polished, sequences are nicely photographed and finely edited together. Unfortunately, Ritchie sees fit to throw in too many twists, turns, and double crosses in the film's final act. The final twenty minutes is a bit too much, taking the movie on a nosedive that leaves a bad taste in the mouth as it tries too hard to show how clever it is. While the finale could have used some more fine tuning, as a whole, "The Gentlemen" is a lot of fun.
(Review by Bret Oswald)






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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 19 - Jan 25

Now that the weather has improved, there is only 1 movie this week and a long weekend for some. The lines will probably be long, so please be patient and cooperative. Don't go laying out those chairs for folks that won't show up til close to start time. You realize by abusing the privilege of these free movies, you are opening up for more restrictive rules for us "line people".

How's the no chair policy at AMC working out for everyone?


Jan 19 - Jan 25

Wed - Jan 22

The Gentlemen - 7:00 pm - Angelika







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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bad Boys For Life








The trend of revamping long-stagnant franchises continues with “Bad Boys for Life.” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their characters of Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively, for this third outing though director Michael Bay is out. The directing is handed over to the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. I’ve never heard of either director; I’m guessing others will probably not be familiar with them either. Not that this is a bad thing, a fresh perspective could be good for an aging franchise that hasn’t produced a movie in nearly 20 years.



Alas, “Bad Boys for Life” feels like more of the same. It’s just another action movie. Directors Arbi and Fallah do little to spice up this action flick. There are some interesting visuals, slow-motion shots that highlight the action and give it a glitzy commercial-like appeal, but that wasn’t enough to keep this viewer interested. Arbi and Fallah also have a fixation on using multiple establishing shots of the Miami area between scenes. These don’t add much of anything to the work and quickly grow stale.



Arbi and Fallah have problems balancing between the multiple tones of the movie. Is this comedy or is this action? “Bad Boys for Life” wants to be both but rarely do they coincide. They remain separate, never merging into a cohesive blend. Tonal shifts are jarring, varying from brutal violence to goofy comedy. Arbi and Fallah seem more comfortable with the brutal bits. The fight scenes are graphic, featuring, among other things, stabbings and impalements, and they are effective.



On the comedic side, the majority of the jokes don’t land. These elements are forced and don’t flow as naturally as the action scenes do. There are some funny bits, mostly toward the end where the movie seems to temporarily find some sense of rhythm, but mostly it’s on the dull side. Much of the humor involves how much older Lowrey and Burnett are now and their different point of views on what their lives should look like now. Lowrey wants to stay a bad boy for life while Burnett wants to settle down and retire.



Will Smith seems to have an easy time sliding back into his role as the egotistic Detective Lowrey. His performance does a lot to carry the movie. On the other hand, Martin Lawrence seems like he’s struggling. He hasn’t been in very many movies lately so maybe his acting is a little rusty. There’s a “Bad Boys 4” (what a surprise) in development so maybe he’ll give a better performance there. Here, his delivery is off. He sounds like he’s just reading his lines. Despite this, the pair still manage to make a compelling comradery.



The movie explores how Lowrey and Burnett’s, mostly Lowrey’s, methods clash with the modern methods of police work. A team of young detectives (Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton) is introduced who work with non-lethal weaponry and high-tech gadgets. These are likable characters, and one of the movie’s more intriguing elements, but they feel like they’ve been inserted to pull in and connect with the younger audience or possibly as a test run for some potential spin-off series.



“Bad Boys for Life” seemed to run longer than its two hours, leaving me more than ready for it to be over. While there are some intriguing and surprising elements, this one didn’t work for me.
(Review by Bret Oswald)



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Dolittle









(Review by Chase Lee)




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The Invisible Life






Director Karim Aïnouz’s “The Invisible Life” starts out with a bit of foreshadowing. In its opening scene, two young women – sisters, Guida (Julia Stockler) and Eurídice (Carol Duarte) – have become separated in a seaside wilderness and are running through the trees. They wander around, both calling their sister’s name, but never manage to find each other. So, it’s not too surprising that the story of “Invisible Life” comes to focus on the sister’s losing touch, a result of their interactions with the men in their lives, and envying what they think the other is experiencing.

In 1950s Brazil, Guida and Eurídice live with their conservative parents – mother, Ana (Flávia Gusmão), and father, Manoel (António Fonseca). Both girls dream of a better life outside the stifling confines of their father’s oppressive rule. Eurídice dreams of becoming a concert pianist while the less talented Guida just dreams of escape. Shortly into the movie, Guida runs off with a sailor, Iorgos (Nikolas Antunes), leaving her younger sister behind. It’s not until later that the family learns, via letter, what happened to her.



The women of “The Invisible Life” are like objects to the men. Their mother, as one of the daughter’s states, lives in the shadow of their father, willingly doing everything he commands. The two daughters are expected to do likewise. Obviously, Guida doesn’t comply but Eurídice does, marrying a suitable suitor, Antenor (Gregório Duvivier), and entering into a loveless marriage – Eurídice and Antenor’s first sexual encounter is more like rape than an act of love – instead of pursuing her dreams.

Guida’s relationship with Iorgos doesn’t work out (he’s a womanizer) so she, now pregnant, returns home, expecting to be welcomed back with open arms. Wrong. Manuel, enraged at the sight of her, doesn’t want her back in the house. While his anger may be understandable, his punishment is too severe. He turns his daughter away, leaving her to find her way on her own and telling her that her sister has gone to study in Vienna. Eurídice is unaware of Guida’s return. Whenever she asks her parents about Guida they both claim they never hear from her. Separated, both women are forced to navigate the world without their beloved sibling, each hopeful of someday being reunited.



Aïnouz presents the material with a harsh stylized aesthetic. The picture looks rough. It’s hazily photographed, littered with digital harshness, and often comes to focus on unpleasant details – Manuel violently descaling a fish, Eurídice urinating at her wedding, Antenor’s erect penis – that all seem to accent the unpleasantness that women dealt with in this time period. Even their living environment feels harsh and unfriendly. There is some striking photography but most of the visual intent is meant to keep any warm and happy feelings from coming to the forefront, despite the film’s lush color scheme.



Stockler and Duarte look a bit too similar. At times it was hard to tell which sister we were currently watching. Also, Eurídice and Guida are referred to by different names, making it confusing to know who we are watching. Other times, usually whenever there was a time jump, it was hard to tell we were even looking at one of the sisters. There’s a scene later in the movie where both sisters happen to be in the same restaurant – what is meant to create tension for a possible reunion falls flat due to the amount of time it takes to recognize one of the women as Eurídice.



The supporting characters aren’t as well developed as the two sisters. Characters become involved with no introduction, leaving the audience to attempt to infer who they are (in fact, much of the film is left for the audience to infer what has happened). This wouldn’t be a problem but, even by the end of the movie, these ancillary characters aren’t fully developed.



There are some strong moments scattered about but there are too many nagging issues to allow them to bolster this movie enough for a completely positive review. I’d be curious to know how this plays out upon second viewing. I suspect that it’d play better the second time around since you aren’t going to be spending your time trying to figure out who people are. But this review is about my first watch, and my first viewing left me less than impressed. “The Invisible Life” is worth a watch but not a glowing recommendation.
(Review by Bret Oswald)






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Bad Boys For LIfe








(Review by Chase Lee)







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Monday, January 13, 2020

This Week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW (1/13 - 1/19)








Calling all movie lovers… Here’s what’s happening this week at Alamo Drafthouse DFW!

We may have just rung in the new year but this week we invite you to take a look back at some under appreciated films from past decades with the Hindsight Is 20/20 series. Embrace your inner Bad Boy at the Bad Boys Trilogy Screening. Press play on the off-beat coming-of-age-comedy and Fantastic Fest 2019 hit, at the Fantastic Fest Presents VHYES Screening. For a full calendar listing, please visit drafthouse.com/dfw/calendar.

See y’all soon at the Alamo Drafthouse!



This Week's Highlights…

Hindsight Is 20/20 Series

As we say goodbye to the previous decade and begin the new year, Alamo Drafthouse DFW felt it would be valuable to take a look back at some movies that may not have set the world on fire when they first came out but which we nevertheless have come to love over time. After all Hindsight Is 20/20. Catch Drop Dead Fred at Cedars, Lake Highlands, Las Colinas; Johnny Mnemonic at Richardson; Tremors at Denton and Richardson; To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! At Denton and Richardson; Legend (1985) at Cedars and Denton; and Xanadu Glow-Along at North Richland Hills.

Bad Boys Trilogy Screening

In 1995 BAD BOYS introduced us to Mike and Marcus (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) two wise-cracking cops with a penchant for making stuff blow up. Then things got real in BAD BOYS II with even more stuff blown up. Drafthouse DFW loves these movies like Will Smith loves putting on sunglasses in slow motion. And with the possibility of things reaching their highest state of realness in the brand new BAD BOYS FOR LIFE they knew they needed to celebrate in style. Catch the trilogy at Cedars and Richardson

Fantastic Fest Presents VHYES

Fantastic Fest Presents showcases the best in genre cinema to Alamo audiences across the country. Celebrate the festival and see the gem VHYES that caught everyones attention! VHYES features hilarious send-ups of ‘80s cable-TV staples like infomercials and Bob Ross spliced between the story of Ralph’s home life. Led by comedy legends Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!) Thomas Lennon (Archer) and Mark Proksch (The Office) the film also features a cameo from director Jack Henry Robbins’ parents Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Catch the film at Lake Highlands.



MONDAY | JANUARY 13

Cedars
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Legend (1985) at 7:25PM

Denton
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Legend (1985) at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Drop Dead Fred at 7:25PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Drop Dead Fred at 7:25PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Xanadu The Glow-Along at 7:25PM

Richardson
Screening: Hindsight is 20/20: Johnny Mnemonic at 7:25PM



TUESDAY | JANUARY 14
Cedars
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Terror Train at 9:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Video Vortex: Hallucinations at 9:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Terror Train at 9:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Terror Tuesday: Return of the Living Dead at 7:25PM
Screening: Video Vortex: Hallucinations at 9:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Richardson
Bar Event: Tiki Bingo - Glass Half Full at 7:00PM



WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 15
Cedars
Screening: Bad Boys Trilogy Screening at 6:05PM
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: Drop Dead Fred at 7:25PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

Denton
Screening: Tremors Movie Parties at 6:30PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:25PM

Las Colinas
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:25PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 8:00PM

North Richland Hills
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:25PM

Richardson
Screening:Bad Boys Trilogy Screening at 5:00PM
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Glass Half Full at 8:00PM
Screening: Video Vortex: Hallucinations at 9:00PM



THURSDAY | JANUARY 16

Lake Highlands
Screening: BaD Radio Presents: The Jerk at 7:00PM




FRIDAY | JANUARY 17

Lake Highlands
Screening: Fantastic Fest Presents: VHYES at 7:00PM



SATURDAY | JANUARY 18

Cedars
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:00PM

Denton
Screening: The Big Lebowski Movie Party at 7:00PM
Screening: MUBI Free Victory Screening: Barry Lyndon at 3:25PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Wild Kratts Winter at 10:00AM
Screening: Fantastic Fest Presents: VHYES at 7:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Wild Kratts Winter at 10:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Afternoon Tea: Sense and Sensibility at 3:10PM

Richardson
Screening: Tremors Movie Parties at 7:00PM



SUNDAY | JANUARY 19

Denton
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar Brunch Screening at 11:00pm
Bar Event: Geeks Who Drink - Vetted Well at 7:00PM

Lake Highlands
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Valley Girl at 11:00AM
Screening: Fantastic Fest Presents: VHYES at 7:00PM

Las Colinas
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Valley Girl at 11:00AM

North Richland Hills
Screening: Flashback Brunch: Valley Girl at 11:00AM

Richardson
Screening: Hindsight Is 20/20: To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar Brunch Screening at 11:00pm
Screening: Bugsy Malone at 1:55PM



First Run Movies Now Playing…
1917
Bombshell
Frozen II
Jumanji: The Next Level
Just Mercy
Knives Out
Like A Boss
Little Women
Spies in Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Uncut Gems
Underwater


Premiering This Week…

Bad Boys For Life
Dolittle


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 12 - Jan 18



Texas weather...never a dull moment. Hopefully this mild weather will last for awhile.

It's been said that people are still taking up space in the lines for multiple places while the guests don't show up until very late. You realize that others show up early so they can get their favorite seats in the theater, or to be able to get in especially when there are a lot of reserved seating. It's not fair, plus it also makes the case to stop letting people bring in outside chairs like the AMC's. Common sense and kindness. Let's start out this year right.


Jan 12 - Jan 18

Tue - Jan 14

Dr Dolittle - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Bad Boys For Life - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Wed - Jan 15

Bad Boys For Life - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Sat - Jan 18

Troop Zero - 10:00 am - Alamo Lake Highlands




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Friday, January 10, 2020

Underwater





January is like the killing fields for horror/thriller movies after the holidays while we wait for the award shows and watch football. So it's no surprise to find that this dark, claustrophobic deep sea entry will probably be universally labeled as waterlogged. Kirsten Stewart, looking bad @ss with a blond buzz cut gets top billing is mostly known for her Twilight days has been making good choices (except for Charlies Angels). The film was shot 3 years ago by director William Eubanks with a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad can't quite seem to keep this project afloat. Plot points seem to have been pulled from Alien with bits from The Abyss and monsters from Aquaman. However, it's still a non-stop somewhat satisfying action movie for it's 95 minute running time.

For some unexplained reason, corporate greed has decided to build drilling platforms in the Mariana Trench almost 7 miles from the surface. If anyone watches those Ancient Alien shows on the History Channel, then you know that there are some scary things living below the ocean that could have extraterrestrial origins. These huge deep sea structures house hundreds of support teams who lose all sense of time and daylight. The movie starts immediately with some disturbing noises and dripping water before things start to explode and water comes rushing in. Mechanical engineer Norah (Kirsten Stewart) is in a race to seal off corridors while trying to find survivors to make their way to the escape pods. Vincent Cassel as the Captain, T.J. Miller as Paul, Jessica Henwick as Emily, John Gallagher Jr. as Smith, and Mamoudou Athie as Rodrigo are the handful of characters tasked with trying to find a way out. Since most of the station is badly damaged and the pods are gone, the Captain says the only way out is to walk the bottom of the ocean to the next drilling station a mile away. It's then that they begin to realize they are not alone.

As to be expected, characters are like the red shirts on Star Trek. Expendable. Fortunately the characters are not written making stupid choices. After all they are supposed to be experts in their fields and should be somewhat level headed to have been chosen to work at this deep sea station. Emily the biologist has some melt down moments, but she manages to keep going. Paul is the Bill Paxton of the crew with his irreverent wit. Stewart is Ripley ending the film in her underwear. As for the monsters in the deep, they are creepy, full of teeth and no biological reason why they exist, how they got there and where they plan to go now they have been released. The environment is like a space movie where there's no where to go when things go bump in the night. One is stuck with tons of water all around requiring to be pressurized every time you enter a station. There isn't a whole lot of character development with hints of everyone's life above water, interspersed with techno babble. It's really not necessary since their struggle to stay alive is the main point of the movie. The action keeps you from thinking too deeply about it. It's forgettable but worth the popcorn.
(Review by reesa)





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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 5 and Jan 11



Happy New Year!!! Hope everyone had a happy break from the movie lines. And now we have movies this week!

So how are the new line policies working for y'all with the no chairs thing? Also the changes in our Yahoo Groups. I'm still trying to check out a new home for us. But is you are still getting emails, then we may just stay. If you have concerns, please write to reesas@yahoo.com

Golden Globes tonight. Hope you are tuned into the first big award show of the season.


Jan 5 - Jan 11

Tue - Jan 7

Like A Boss - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Just Mercy - 7:30 pm - Angelika

Wed - Jan 8

Like A Boss - 7:00 pm - Alamo Drafthouse Cedars
Underwater - 7:00 pm - Angelika
Underwater - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Sat - Jan 11

Dr. Dolittle - 10:00 am - Angelika





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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dallas Movie Screenings Best Films of 2019





The movie reviewers for Dallas Movie Screenings name the the best films for 2019. We have a diverse group of writers who have studiously reviewed this year's top movies. We covered the film festivals, at press screenings and often times out of pocket. Some have seen more than others, some have not seen as many. In any case we strive to bring you our critical responses to the movies posted here or to the writers individual websites. We appreciate your feedback and would like to hear your favorites of 2019.


Chase Lee

1. Parasite
2. Marriage Story
3. Ad Astra
4. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
5. Uncut Gems
6. Waves
7. The Farewell
8. The Irishman
9. The Nightingale
10. The Lighthouse


Joel Copling


1. A Hidden Life
2. The Souvenir
3. Parasite
4. Uncut Gems
5. For Sama
6. The Irishman
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
8. Marriage Story
9. The Farewell
10. Us

Honorable Mentions
: Ad Astra, Apollo 11, Ash Is Purest White, Diane, Dolemite Is My Name, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Little Women, The Nightingale, 1917, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, Pain and Glory, Shazam!, Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Transit, Waves


Bret Oswald


1. Waves
2. The Farewell
3. Marriage Story
4. Apollo 11
5. The Peanut Butter Falcon
6. 1917
7. Dolemite is My Name
8. Spider-Man: Far From Home
9. The Painted Bird
10. Richard Jewell


Alyssa Lurvey


Jojo Rabbit
Midsommar
Sea of Shadows
Rocketman
The Mustang
The Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Les Miserables
Little Women
The Death of Dick Long


Henry Pham


1. Toy Story 4
2. Avengers: Endgame
3. Knives Out
4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
5. A Marriage Story
6. 1917
7. Ford v Ferrari
8. Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood
9. The Farewell
10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


Ricky Miller

1, “Toy Story 4” Grade: A+
2. “1917” A
3. “The Farewell” A
4. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” A
5. “The Irishman” A
6. “Parasite” A-
7. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” A-
8. “John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum” A-
9. “Doctor Sleep” A-
10. “Once Upon a time….in Hollywood” ” A- “


reesa

1. The Farewell
2. Parasite
3. 1917
4. Marriage Story
5. Ad Astra
6. The Irishman
7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
8. Waves
9. Once Upon a time….in Hollywood
10. Us





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