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  • Amy Schumer: Growing

    Amy Schumer: Growing

    ★★★★

    Did that thing where you laugh so hard you can't really breathe at least 7-8 times. Not really a surprise after seeing "Trainwreck" or even the inferior "I Feel Pretty," but it's amazing how many of those moments are prompted by the bits of 'performance' – voice, movement, reactions, attitude – Schumer adds to sell her already strong material.

  • The Dirt

    The Dirt

    ★★½

    I can't in good conscience bestow a higher rating, but as someone who spent a sizable portion of his adolescence desperately wanting the looks, swagger and, yes, artistry of Nikki Sixx, "The Dirt" was... pretty fun. The Tommy Lee POV sequence walking us through, literally, a day in the life on the road was an inspired display of decadence, and I may have actually let out a yell when, during the inevitable "Dr. Feelgood" world tour montage, "Ames, Iowa 11/22/89"…

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    If somebody had told 19 year-old me that one day I’d watch this intimate masterpiece with my 14 year-old daughter... after having a conversation with Ethan Hawke where, just like an Ethan Hawke character in a Richard Linklater movie, he oh-so-insightfully schooled me on the importance of giving said daughter permission to make mistakes, to break hearts and have her heart broken... well, I might’ve said that sounded like something from a Richard Linklater movie. 

    There is some kind of magic in this world.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    Everyone is going to get so sick of me talking about this movie.