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  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★★½

    I usually struggle with this brand of skit-like comedy, but the ratio of hit-to-miss jokes is impressively high, and some hits here are just classic, with nary an actor who's not delivering committed performance.

  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★★

    The too straightforward "based on a true story" approach here needs a focus, and Cumberbatch's tangent is one viewpoint too many that feels like the film trying to cover all grounds, when instead it takes up so much time that detracts from its central story, making the whole thing too scattered. Still, this is hugely elevated by its two performances (Tahar Rahim brings so much life and pathos to his every second onscreen, while Jodie Foster injects engaging movie star…

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★

    It has been much lauded for the homage and respect of the monster's origin and subsequent stories, but for me the monster stuff strongly evokes Spielberg in his spectacle prime. The way the movie reveals tidbits about Godzilla and teases its full appearance really helps build the mystique and grandeur. Each glimpse has thrilling impact, and it builds to one of the most satisfying blockbuster climaxes in recent memory. The director is also smart in how he frames the monsters,…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★½

    Part of the 30 Countries May Challenge. Canada.

    This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect…