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  • Driveways

    Driveways

    ★★★★★

    "It's too much"

    Sometimes it feels like getting older just means adding more regrets and sad memories to a pile that threatens to barricade the doors and black out the windows.

    But the smallest kindness can make that pile seem manageable. And having friends around can fill that room instead with light and laughter.

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

    Before Sunrise ends with a montage of the locations Jesse and Celiné had visited, echoing the memories of their brief time together.

    Before Sunset begins with a similar montage of places they will visit. The film feeling the same anticipation as they do at the possibility of reconnecting.

    And in Before Midnight, we get a similar montage. This time, of different corners of the hotel room after Celiné storms out as Jesse scans the aftermath of their argument. The poured…

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  • Over the Moon

    Over the Moon

    ★★½

    Alice In Wonderland with Chinese Mythology is a cool pitch, but Over the Moon doesn't try for anything new in animation or storytelling.

    At its best, it has some cute characters, cool visuals, and wholesome family moments. At its worst, it feels like a neon mish mash of elements unsuccessfully copied from animated films that have gone before.

    Best Animated Feature Noms Ranked

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    ★★★½

    Best Animated Feature Noms Ranked

    This looks so great. There is a texture to the claymation and model work that is extremely pleasing. The hands-on care put into every frame is apparent throughout (sometimes literally, in the form of visible fingerprints in the clay).

    Story-wise, it's pretty by-the-numbers, but the gags are clever and it's packed with enough references to other classic Sci-fi properties to entertain. (It maybe over-does it on that last point but I found it fun enough…

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Is there a name for the genre of cinema where you want to give every character a hug?

    Minari is not without its big fiery moments, but the child's perspective makes even smaller and more subtle moments feel very impactful.

    The film, director, composer, and actors Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-jung deserve all the awards and nominations they are getting, but where is the awards love for Will Patton? Dude disappeared completely into the role. He's probably still out dragging that cross every Sunday.

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★

    "...Don't expect to like 'em."

    I should have read that tagline before watching the movie. After A New Leaf and The Heartbreak Kid, Elaine May has shown a knack for presenting characters I wouldn't expect to like, but end up liking anyway. But with Mikey and Nicky I found myself liking the characters less and less as the film went on.

    This is, of course, appropriate for a film about the oldest of friends. When we grow apart from a…