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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★½

    This one starts really rough, but finds its stride after a while and manages to be a decent time at the movies. Poor acting, pretty ugly visuals, and an ending you can see coming an hour away detract from this a little, but it will probably work for its target audience.

    As a side note, the guy sitting next to me managed to eat an entire large tub of popcorn before promptly falling asleep (I’m going with food coma). After…

  • The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper

    The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper

    ★★★½

    In a sequel/spin-off of sorts to 1905’s Rescued By Rover, the Hepworth family collie, Blair, is up to more heroics, while Hepworth baby Barbara still can’t keep herself out of harm’s way. Less elaborate in plotting than Rescued By Rover, The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper limits itself to just an out-and-back trip by car, but the practical effect of a collie driving a motorcar is just brilliant for the time period.

    I also appreciate when a film delivers on the expectations set by its title. With The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper, you know what you’re getting.

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  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

    Ingmar Bergman's epic mini-series, Scenes from a Marriage, is a brilliant, intimate observational study of a couple's marriage. At the start of the film, Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) have been agreeably (if not always happily) married for ten years. Bergman's film meets a couple that seems to have it all together, peels back the façade, and shows us the tension right under the surface.

    Ullmann and Josephson provide powerhouse performances, and their chemistry here is probably the…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    "Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends."

    Every December, It's a Wonderful Life returns to homes and theaters worldwide, as people seek to revisit this enduring holiday classic, or experience its magic for the first time. Undoubtedly the greatest Christmas movie of all time, it is a bit of a disservice to attach the "holiday film" label to Capra's masterpiece at all; this is an exceptional film at any time of year. Nevertheless, there is something…