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  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★½

    "Never hate your enemies. It clouds your judgement."

    Though it's been notorious for decades as the "ultimate unnecessary and inferior" sequel, I've always defended The Godfather part III. It's biggest sin was not that it was bad (it isn't), but that it just wasn't as great as it predecessors: two films that served as game-changers for the gangster genre in particular and for cinema in general. Compared to them, the third Godfather does disappoint, but taken on its own merits,…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    Still the best comic book superhero movie as far as I'm concerned.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    (Note: the following review was written in 2014.)

    Most people don't know this about me -- not because I've made a secret of it (I'm not ashamed or embarrassed or anything like that; it's certainly not the stigma that it used to be), it just rarely comes up -- but I met my wife online.

    It wasn't through eharmony or some other dating website, but through the Internet Movie Database. That's right. Years ago when I worked at the video…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    For a while now, I have found Quentin Tarantino to be one of the most dynamic and yet simultaneously frustrating filmmakers working today. Dynamic because he tells stories with such passion, directs with such panache, and makes immensely entertaining movies filled with wit, intelligence, charismatic characters and endless movie references (some would say rip-offs) for fellow film geeks. What I find frustrating, though, is the fact that all that talent and enthusiasm is always in the service of shallow, empty…