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Brian has written 125 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Bits of Hollywood history filtered through Tarantino’s filmography with phenomenal performances from Leo and Pitt. Much more in a review soon but this is a movie that people will be arguing about all year. In other words, the kind of movie I wish we got more of.


    www.rogerebert.com/reviews/once-upon-a-time-in--hollywood-2019

  • Anima

    Anima

    ★★★★½

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★½

    It's even better than I remember. The first half is essentially perfect. And Pfeiffer should have won a dozen or so awards.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    Give Lupita All the Awards

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    Devastating and powerful commentary on class, race, and gender with possibly the best performance of the year. It’s brutal but artistically rewarding if you can handle it.

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★½

    Hadn't even really heard of this until the Criterion edition arrived. Hell of a movie. Bleak as fuck but riveting at the same time.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    A great example of a director who is always a step or two ahead of you and you can’t wait to see what’s around the next corner. So smart, so well-crafted, and fucking terrifying.

  • Transit

    Transit

    ★★★★½

    The first great movie of 2019.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    How to Train Your Dragon

    ★★★★½

    Rewatch with kids in advance of new one proved what I thought I remembered: this movie rules. The voice work, the world creation, the character design, the score, the message, the ending. It all kills. And it seems to be getting even better with age.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    “The wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    Could be released today with very few changes and would still destroy. It’s amazing how memorable this movie is. I hadn’t seen it in at least a decade and I remembered every beat and every scene.

  • Transit

    Transit

    ★★★★½

    An excellent continuation of themes Petzold explored in Phoenix and Barbara with great performances and wonderful use of space.