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  • Young Frankenstein

    ★★★★

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★½

  • Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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  • The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow (05): Emmerich tries his hand at foolhardy environmental message and ends up with a inane actioner hellbent on four spectacle rather than fun. Gyllenhaal is such a wasted, soft fuck boy in this, and the rest of the cast is worse. No one to root for. D+

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★½

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (21): The whole film is dialed up to 20 when the other two always hovered closer to 9-10. The CGI is more excessive, the set pieces more preposterous, and Farmiga/Wilson are acting way too much. All subtly is killed by a stupid villain. C-

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    Beauty and the Beast (91): Look, it’s my favorite. So many moments that are fused into my brain forever: The west wing mirror, the camera craning up to the ceiling during the title number, and the falling last petal into that impeccable finale among many others. Pure love. A+

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★½

    Sound of Metal (20): Well-performed by both Ahmed and Raci and the execution of the POV sound mix is brilliant. Sadly though, the film sits so squarely in noble, familiar tropes and the revelations fail to surprise. The middle 45 minutes finds a flow, but the rest is lacking. B-