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  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    Kramer vs. Kramer

    ★★★

    Strange how much conflicting emotions a slightly above-average film has inspired in me.

    I'd have seen Kramer vs. Kramer when I was 7 or so -- potentially on some re-release -- but it came out three years before my own parents split. If you had quizzed me on my memory of it, I would have never guessed how on the man's side it is, because in 1982 when my folks divorced my father got no consideration. When Hoffman's lawyer told…

  • Friends with Money

    Friends with Money

    ★★★

    The Frances McDormand character is ahead of Karen’s time.

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  • Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

    Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

    ★★★

    This film is at its best when it sticks to its stated thesis: reminding you of how wonderful Natalie Wood was, absent of the tabloid scandal that surrounds her death.

    Too bad it abandons that for its final third, focusing on the iconic actress' death and its aftermath. The aftermath. Which is everyone else, not Natalie. As much as I sympathize with the impulse here, and feel so very much for the family, the avoidance of all hard questions, the…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    I should’ve gone to Cats instead.