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  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

  • Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★½

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Irvin Kershner's unequivocal masterpiece, The Empire Strikes Back is both the perfect sequel to George Lucas' A New Hope and the greatest film in the franchise. Though supplemented by immaculate pacing, phenomenal visuals, and a riveting narrative, the greatest strength of The Empire Strikes Back is its development of the characters introduced in Lucas' A New Hope. While Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia discover their love aboard the Millenium Falcon as they desperately flee the Empire's…

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    Although Richard Marquand's Return of the Jedi is occasionally at odds with its own narrative, the film's beautiful portrayal of the saga's core themes of redemption, friendship, family, and courage captures the essence of the original trilogy with extraordinary grace. While these themes are most apparent in the interactions between Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, James Earl Jones' Darth Vader, and Ian McDiarmid's Emperor Palpatine, they are not absent in Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia who, despite…

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Lost in Translation's intimate exploration of loneliness and melancholy is the most honest and human in all of cinema. While the film's success in exploring these themes is due largely to Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson's remarkably meditative performances (which I believe to be the best of both their careers), Coppola's hypnotic direction and Acord's dreamy cinematography enrich both characters through their depiction of the film's Japanese settings, which are used to delve even deeper into each character's sense of…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker demonstrates, above all else, that appeasement is not the foundation of a satisfying narrative. Although it is speckled with moments of magnificent action and sharp humor, the film fails not only as a conclusion to the latest trilogy, but to the saga as a whole. While the film's horrendous pacing, exorbitant exposition, and unnecessary fan-service certainly contribute to its failure, The Rise of Skywalker's greatest downfall is its blatant disrespect for the franchise's previous installments.