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  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty

    ★★★★★

    Second rewatc, and I'm struck by it anew every time - so beautiful, sweet, and sad. This may have stealth become my favorite Studio Ghibli.

  • Smash and Grab

    Smash and Grab

    ★★★

    Two worker robots, tethered to their futuristic environs within a high-speed train on an elevated track, dream of freedom and autonomy. There are echoes of Snowpiercer and Wall-E in this cute and action-packed sci-fi tale of friendship, but it’s ultimately not as arresting as the other two.

    Spartshorts Review: cinapse.co/9be89eb142a5

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  • Ernest Scared Stupid

    Ernest Scared Stupid

    ★★★½

    12-year-old Me: ★★★★★
    32-year-old Me: ★★
    Composite Score: ★★★½

    I can live with that.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    I've been waiting anxiously seven years for Alfonso Cuarón to bless us again. It's been that long since Children Of Men, a film so phenomenal and powerful that it changed the way I view and think about movies. It was one of my first HD-DVD purchases, and went on to become the most watched in my collection until the format eventually succumbed to Blu-Ray.

    Gravity is likewise an astounding and absolutely gorgeous film, and regardless of how you may end…