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  • Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★½

  • The World's End

    ★★★

  • Airplane!

    ★★★★½

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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

    Had a feeling this would be a gut punch. A Spielberg movie is as much of an event as Lucas, Cameron or Nolan, but his most successful outings in the 21st century had been smaller, quieter political dramas. Munich and Bridge of Spies suggest a seasoned veteran delivering the goods for adult audiences, while Ready Player One suggests a legend out of touch with the increased cynicism and tech use of the 2010s. I didn’t think I’d learn that much more…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★½

    Always the best feeling as a movie goer when you go see something that you weren’t that excited for and/or you knew little to nothing about it, and it ends up blowing you completely away. I’ve liked all of Martin McDonagh’s work up until this point, but they never reached the favorites stratosphere for me. Every cast member has the fire sign on their MyPlayer, though it’s hard not to mention Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan who are so perfectly…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★½

    That ending elicits the most aching nostalgia. The film deserves recognition for that alone. I will say though, my appreciation for Spirited Away increased through the viewing of this other celebrated Miyazaki classic. It mixed things up every few minutes, even if it started to lose me it was always expanding its universe. My Neighbor Totoro aims for simplicity and achieves it, it’s part of the film’s charm but I couldn’t help but feel the plot thins as it reaches…

  • The World's End

    The World's End

    ★★★

    The issues that many had with Last Night in Soho’s out-of-nowhere character reveals is a type of decision that seems to stem much earlier in Edgar Wright’s canon. The World’s End slowly builds interest in the viewer, making us wonder why Gary is so hellbent on getting the band back together. I predicted he was dying of something, and while I was off, the story should’ve kept tapping into the midlife crisis angle. As soon as it becomes an apocalyptic…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★½

    Unbelievably disappointing. Like many, I had the highest of hopes, as its glorious trailer made it out to be The Lord of the Rings meets Guillermo Del Toro, but I couldn’t have been more painfully wrong if I had tried. I don’t know much about the story it’s adapted from so I can’t comment on how accurate this version is historically or what they changed, all I’m looking at is how it works as a narrative film. Let’s get the only positive…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★

    A film I was so desperate to immerse myself in but couldn’t due to elements that should’ve worked in its favor. Spencer’s magical realism was supposed to be a portal into Princess Diana’s psyche, instead it applies fog to the central plot and makes it a story of her losing her marbles (in a way, quite literally) when the strongest parts of the film were her playing with her young sons at the time, Prince William and Prince Harry. Similar to…