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  • Magnolia
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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  • The Big Short

    ★★★★

  • Malignant

    ★½

  • The Tomorrow War

    ★★

  • United 93

    ★★★★★

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  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Some decently grisly creature violence, though it probably should’ve been R-rated because of it. 

    The plot. Oh my. So concerned with the action that it neglected suspense, terror and horror. How many times do I need to see a machine gun pointlessly firing round after round into the creatures before finally (luckily?) killing them just in time? 

    Might have made creatures a bit too numerous and unstoppable. Semi-ridiculous threat level which meant anytime someone escaped, even momentarily, it diminished the…

  • United 93

    United 93

    ★★★★★

    Hadn't revisited this film in so long, for obvious reasons.

    It's an absolute masterpiece, and somehow manages to underplay any sense of foreboding or tragedy to the degree that the viewer ends the film experiencing that tragedy as close to first-hand as a movie can get you.

    And it's such a helpful film, addressing, in one fell swoop, all of the totally understandable knee-jerk questions of "But why didn't they just...?", with "they" being passengers aboard the planes, the pilots, the air-traffic control centers, the government.

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    A single-car crash. Fork lift mishaps. Broken plungers and chairs. Smashed sliding glass doors. Demolished restaurant bathrooms.

    These are the emotional state of Barry Egan, but he's about to fall in love.

    I find this movie so comforting, so beautifully odd. It's a little miracle.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

    Hands down the greatest Superhero movie of all time. And it's neck and neck between this and "Toy Story 3" for best Pixar movie.

    Am looking forward to the sequel, but it likely won't have the perfect build of this film. The satire of the first 20 minutes is critical the overall impact.

    It's an origin story of the rebirth of the heroes. And a family movie. And a mid-life crisis movie. And a comedy. And a drama. And an action movie.

    14 years after its release it still has better action sequences than today's Superhero movies.