#444 : MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

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Joe, Michael, and Jared discuss the Sundance critical darling, Manchester by the Sea, and offer contrasting reactions to Casey Affleck’s performance. Joe compares the film to 1994 Ice-T actioner Surviving the Game (yes, really). Michael champions print journalism. Jared complains about Wisconsin winter weather.

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#443 : THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN / ALLIED

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The guys disagree on the new espionage thriller from Robert Zemeckis. Jared and Joe frame The Edge of Seventeen as a corrective to Sixteen Candles. Joe recommends a Marvel movie not previously discussed on the podcast.

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#442 : HACKSAW RIDGE / CERTAIN WOMEN

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Michael and Joe imagine Mel Gibson’s cinematic bloodlust on set. Jared and Joe analyze the structure of Kelly Reichardt’s new film. Joe wishes Scorsese a happy birthday. All three hosts gripe about a looming Trump presidency.

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#441 : ARRIVAL

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The season’s prestige sci-fi film, Arrival, gets the Reel Fanatics treatment. Jared talks Noirvember and John Garfield. Joe compares a Mizoguchi movie to Whiplash and describes a bad theater experience.

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#440 : MOONLIGHT

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Barry Jenkins’ second feature, Moonlight, is in the spotlight this week. The guys grumble about the presidential election results. Joe and Jared wildly disagree on one of Joe’s recommendations.

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#439 : Favorite Political Films

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In honor—or is that dishonor?—of the U.S. presidential election, the guys share their favorite political films. Joe and Michael disagree with Jared’s categorization of some titles. Michael describes his #1 movie as “an absolute gem that it even exists.” Joe dissects Oliver Stone’s post-JFK creative decline.

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#438 : THE BIRTH OF A NATION / 13TH

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After two weeks of lists, the fellas return to reviewing new movies. On the docket: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation and Ava DuVernay’s 13th. Jared briefly discusses his screenings at Mill Valley Film Festival. Joe describes a movie as a “piss-cutter.”

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#437 : Favorite Autumn Films

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Autumn is here, and the guys share their favorite films for the season. Joe and Jared upset Michael with their #1 picks. Michael rants about political disenchantment.

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#436 : Favorite Horror for Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner, so the guys share some of their favorite horror movies for the holiday. Jared surprises Michael and Joe with two of his movie blind spots.

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#435 : Favorite Remakes / ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING / SULLY

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The new take on The Magnificent Seven prompts the guys to list their favorite remakes. Michael and Joe make a bet regarding the release strategy for One More Time with Feeling. Jared and Joe disagree on Clint Eastwood’s Sully and lay out their frustrations with Mr. Robot S2.

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