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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Imagine Wes Anderson at his most Wes Anderson-y running full speed into the Coen Brothers, circa their silly, Raising Arizona era, and you'll start to get a sense of JoJo Rabbit, a wickedly funny satire about Nazis.

    The line writer/director Taika Waititi is riding here is razor-thin; if you're not on his wavelength, I can imagine the film landing with a giant thud.

    I was most definitely on Waititi's wavelength.

    The film features an astounding performance from Roman Griffin Davis,…

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★★½

    Will Ferrell might not be your cup of tea, and that's fine. Comedy, more than any other genre, is highly subjective. And Elf doesn't work overall if Will Ferrell isn't your cup of tea.

    But Jon Favreau's film has so much more to offer and the work he does to build a credible world around Ferrell's yellow-tights-wearing main character deserves a lot of credit for the film's success.

    Favreau isn't making big, showy choices but smaller, smart ones that, like…

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  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★

    Ford v Ferrari is engineered to play on TNT until the end of time. It's a movie for guys about guys who love cars. The kind of movie where guys can diagnosis what's wrong with a car by the way it "feels;" the kind of movie where guys talk to cars as if they're trying to seduce them ("Come on, baby, give me more!")... It's all so silly and preposterous with almost no stakes whatsoever and, yet... you know what?…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Parasite is aptly named; it is a movie that crawls into your conscience and stays with you long after it has ended.

    There are three families at the center of the film and you're likely to find yourself aligning with - and against - all three of them at various points.

    Such is the twisty structure of Bong Joon-ho's film, which is bursting with big ideas, themes, metaphors and stunning contrasts. Who's right? Who's wrong? The film doesn't take sides…