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  • Not Okay

    ★★½

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

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  • Living

    Living

    ★★★★

    An extremely faithful IKIRU adaptation. Almost too faithful.

    That’s not to say it’s a mistake or unnecessary. LIVING replicates the original story with precision and care. This was most definitely made out of love and respect for Kurosawa.

    While it loses some of the 1952 original’s appeal, it gains appeal in other ways. There are some charming elements to IKIRU that are lost in this update, most notably in the third act. My god, would I have loved to watch…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    The very best of spectacles.

    Steven Spielberg makes the case for why WEST SIDE STORY is worthy of a 2021 update. In the opening minutes, the camera hovers over the demolition of neighborhoods to make room for...the Lincoln Center...where the movie had its world premiere. Shots. Fired. You know off the bat you're not in for a movie that's not supposed to be comforting, but paradoxically is.

    And so the rest of the movie leans into both its dark tones…

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  • Not Okay

    Not Okay

    ★★½

    It has interesting ideas on the plate like navigating online culture in an increasingly dystopian reality or how narcissists function.

    But the final product is way more obvious and kinda sloppy at times. There are too many loose ends and unexplored plots. And it’s not as witty as it thinks it is to get away with it.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

    “Listen to the scientists.”

    You mean the people who almost killed ET?!?

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★★

    One of Marvel’s best qualities is when they let their directors put their own stamp on the movies in the MCU machine. And THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER allows Taika Waititi to again roam free.

    There are still a few obligatory superhero-movie boxes that need to be checked off, but are mercifully done with quickly. And there’s not surprisingly overuse of green screen and CGI.

    But the movie itself is really sharp! Its themes are pretty universal and thankfully not convoluted.…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    “It’s not a good time to be a Nazi.”

    Ah, those were simpler times. So this movie is an outrageously funny rebuke against white nationalism. It succeeds on every level. Roman Griffin Davis is an absolute wonder as Jojo, as is the superb supporting cast. Even though it’s full of hilarious one liners, it’s still perfectly poignant. And as long as the world is full of Nazis, I hope Taika Waititi makes delicious satires about them until they’re all imaginary.