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  • The 'Burbs

    ★★★½

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★½

  • Ghostbusters II

    ★★½

  • Ghostbusters

    ★★★★

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  • The 'Burbs

    The 'Burbs

    ★★★½

    With its studio sheen and polish, THE BURBS is a fun, reckless REAR WINDOW of sorts. At its very centre, you'll find Joe Dante at his most 'studio' if that makes sense. THE 'BURBS is a studio comedy through and through--with its suburban comedic frequency, casting, and situational antics. It's a great fit, though, for Joe Dante.

    I think I've mistakenly positioned Joe Dante in my own mind. I think I've always seen him as the Corman guy-turned quirky, mischievous…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★½

    Y'know, good work there, Jason Reitman. You found an angle by which you can come at this franchise appropriately while honoring the original and its legacy while also reinventing it for today's film aesthetic, today's film audience, and the bean counters at corporate who still liken this to a merchandising mecca and potential cinematic universe.

    I saw the 2016 GHOSTBUSTERS for the first time a few days ago and though not without some comedic charm, I found that film was…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    With all of its production value, gimmicky roving camera, and (falsely advertised) real-time narrative, 1917 is impressive to experience, but honestly is a little light on an emotional core. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman lack the weight, it seems, to make me care about them. Honestly, the long, 'look-at-me' shots have such forward momentum and 'what's next' drama, the audience never really gets a moment to slow down and get to know these young soldiers. And, that's what I think…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    The reference to 'Nomad' in the title of Chloe Zhao's new film has a twofold meaning. Quite literally, Frances McDormand lives a nomadic existence. She lives in her van and travels across the expanse of the US countryside, stopping along the way for periods of seasonal work. She's like a member of an ancient pre-agriculture civilization, always moving, no home, following a roaming food source. Only she roams and camps in her van. In Zhao's film, Nomad also refers to…