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  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Come From Away
  • The Ice Storm
  • Wonder Boys

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  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    ★★★★½

  • The Assistant

    ★★★½

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    ★★★

  • F9

    ★★

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  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★★

    “… Only a few people are awake and live in a state of constant, total amazement.”

    I have what I like to call “swiss cheese” memory. Some things I remember, some things I don’t. Seeing "Joe Versus The Volcano" for the first time is what I consider a turning point in my young life. It was an event I remember vividly.

    It was Friday night and spring was in the air. I was 13 and my mom had dropped me…

  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Full disclosure: I never smoked pot, and I never liked White Castle. I never traveled across the state of New Jersey to satisfy a severe case of the munchies. However, there are a lot of reasons why this film is so special to me.

    So pull down those trousers, grab the nose-hair scissors and let’s go trim our pubes.

    Dude, am I really high, or is this actually working?!

    I was born and raised in a town called Freehold, located…

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  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’ve watched The Ice Storm at least 10 times in the first 15 years of its existence. I obsessed over this film, studying its every shot and performance. In my eyes, it was and is a perfect film — well, as close to perfect a film can get. No false note here, not a frame wasted. That flute just haunts me every. single. time. 

    I finally revisited this movie for the first time in a decade, and everything flooded back…

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    A little too close to their other properties for my liking, but there’s no denying that Team Disney knows how to put on a damn good show.

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  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    ★★★★

    Wow. 1961 and these guys nailed it. Look at the colors, the masterful hand-drawn animation, the emotions on the humans' faces. This is impeccable craftsmanship here.

    "101 Dalmations" is one of Disney's finest "old-school" animated films.

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★★

    It doesn’t happen often. I’ll sit through a film in a movie theater that will make me forget about everything going on in my life. Not once will I check my watch or be distracted by audience members or take a bathroom trip.

    "Requiem for a Dream" took me in for 100 minutes, deep into its psyche, and spit me out very shaken and very disturbed.

    It’s a harrowing experience, an absorbing trip into four minds spiralling out of control.…