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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★½

    Well, I guess I haven’t just missed the boat on this one. I seem to have missed the whole damn ocean. Maybe I hamstrung myself by not being familiar with the source material, but Gerwig’s method of rewriting the narrative to be chronologically out of order quickly proved confusing and irritating.

    The performances will no doubt bring the movie numerous accolades, Alexandre Desplat’s score was heavenly, and Jacqueline Durran’s costume work reflected the period well. But damn, was I bored. I shouldn’t be thinking of a made for TV BBC adaptation when watching a nominee for best picture. Two and a half stars.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Simultaneously a technical eye opener, visual stunner, and moving story of determination, "1917" reinvigorates the war film genre with impressive sets and an inventive 'one take' shooting style. The destruction of war is on full display, as it rips both people and buildings to shreds. The characters are always surrounded by death, so the suspense of them completing their mission progressively builds effectively.

    A few of their obstacles are overcome a little too easily, and that unintentionally deflates some of…

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  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★

    Everybody seems to be picking at this with the low hanging gag of comparing it to "A Quiet Place," and "Bird Box," films I wasn't a fan of to begin with. And yes, it's worse than them, but its not as bad as they say. True, the special effects are rather poor and the story doesn't have anything thematically interesting to do for the characters.

    But it does have a decent sense of atmosphere, the performances aren't too bad, and…

  • Eli

    Eli

    ★★

    Whatever in the world the filmmakers were thinking is beyond me. Throw the bubble boy, “The Haunting at Hill House,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Exorcist” in a blender and this is what you get. For the most part it’s rather dull until its final ten minutes, when it devolves into glorious shlock.

    Netflix exclusives are really all over the place in quality. The Academy won’t give best picture to “The Irishman” or “Marriage Story” because they’re stuck in old ways.…

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    The original is a fine, humble science fiction film, made at the beginning of James Cameron’s career. By the time of this one, he had gained a high reputation and therefore high budget to craft a sequel. But in a great reversal of expectations, this improves on everything done in the original, upping the action well, the stakes, the menace and threat of the evil terminator, and adding a great new character in the young John Connor.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    The tightest screenplay and the best casting ever.