J. Reinhold

J. Reinhold

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“I saw a film today, ohhhhh boyyyyy ...”

Not the famous actor, but my name does oddly sound like his.

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★★

    It's impossible for me to objectively assess this film, and I may never be able to, because my first experience with it was one of the most magical moments of my life. Pardon me while I recount the first time my 4-year-old and 2-year-old boys went to a movie theater, because I want to remember this experience forever.

    This franchise has always held a very special place in my heart, and I was absolutely delighted when it became the first…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    This continues to awe me in part due to one of the most moving depictions of on-screen prayer ever — characters voicing their joy, yearning, and anger by beaming their thoughts to a literal heavenly father, with nothing but faith to assure them those messages will be heard, much less answered. 

    That engagement with a higher power only heightens the themes of parenthood that run throughout this film. Nolan rawly lays out how we deify the people who raise us,…

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  • Cast Away

    Cast Away

    ★★★★

    Exquisitely constructed. Perfectly performed. Emotionally mature. And while it has something to say, it takes so long to get to that relatively basic and obvious conclusion, this ultimately feels like empty (yet incredibly culturally resonant) calories. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch of movies?

  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★★

    Not exactly how I imagined my grand return to the cinema (Uncut Gems in January was my last pre-pandemic theater experience), but we celebrated my youngest son’s 4th birthday with a private screening at our local cineplex. This is one of his favorites, and the giant smile on his face was renewed proof of the magic of the movies. It was a wonderful dose of normalcy — that semi-stale popcorn might have been the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★½

    The filmmaking is certainly unrivaled, but most positive reviews on this site seem based on shock value and the film's previous unavailability alone.

    There's a really, really uncomfortable thread here that modern anti-#MeToo critics would lovingly embrace. Accusers, as Russell presents them, are just repressed, needy women who level baseless accusations in an effort to ruin our heroes — mustachioed men who settle down after their previous philandering left a trail of wrecked women but no consequences for them. Other…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    The plot and set pieces may not be entirely unique, but the message is, at least for high school movies — you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.

    Us nerdy kids spend so much time seeing ourselves as the put-upon underdogs that we sometimes forget about the importance of empathy, with those we detest and those who are closest to us.

    This warmed my heart and slayed me with laughter. What a wonderful friendship and an incredible cast.