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  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★★

    Conan the Barbarian is a film I appreciate more every time I watch it. The first time I saw this film I must admit I was underwhelmed. I was expecting a hilarious film from beginning to end, a movie that I could laugh at. With repeated viewings I've come to realize that this may be as close to the essence of pulp fantasy writing as we may get onscreen.

    The key is the film's commitment to a serious tone despite…

  • Shrek

    Shrek

    ★★★★

    Hard to imagine Shrek was ever so innocent in the beginning. The one that started it all still holds up pretty well.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    Hands down the greatest use of Britney Spears in any film.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street

    ★★★★

    Comedy is the most subjective of the arts, and I find it especially hard to find films that tune in to my specific sense of humor. That being said, two years ago I semi-reluctantly saw 21 Jump Street in theaters and discovered it was the greatest comedy of the past five years. That film was near perfect, so I was a bit concerned when I found out a sequel was coming out. The first film ended perfectly in my eyes,…