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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★

    Documentarian Kirsten Johnson is magnificent at integrating certain presentational modes — montage, time capsules — into works of memory preservation. She reinterprets such a time capsule in Dick Johnson is Dead, depicting her 86-year-old father’s last moments with his family. Johnson begins her film with her octogenarian father, a retiring psychiatrist, departing his practice in Seattle to come live with his daughter, and watching the subsequent process of Dick Johnson’s loss of independence, and the burgeoning awareness of that development,…

  • Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

    Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

    ★★★★★

    The Beatles want my autograph. I’m the king.
    —Muhammad Ali

    The world came to a stop on February 25th, 1964, when the 7-1 underdog Cassius Clay defeated the heavyweight champion of the world, Sonny Liston. Shortly after the bout, a reporter asked, "Malcolm X, what did you think of Cassius' victory in Miami ?" He replied, "I think it was a great victory. He proved he was the best man." In response, the reporter reacts by asking where he was…

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★½

    A surprising amount of green turtles in this.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Stone: I hate jazz.
    Gosling: Let me show you something.

    [cut to them at Gosling's apartment watching Whiplash]

    Gosling: THIS is jazz.