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  • The Major and the Minor

    The Major and the Minor 1942

    ★★½ Watched 27 Apr, 2016

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

    It's hard to know how to feel about this movie. It's got Billy Wilder's trademark clever dialogue, and Ginger Rogers does a good job of playing a grown woman clueless about how 12-year-olds act. (I especially loved that they addressed that when an actual young teenager calls her out on her pretense.) But no matter how cleverly written it is or how many funny jokes there are, there's something skeevy and off-putting about a cheerful rom com about a grown…

  • The Boss

    The Boss 2016

    ★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2016

    This reminds me a bit of last year's (better) Sisters, in that it was a female-fronted comedy whose comedic moments were few and far between but that I enjoyed nevertheless as a refreshing woman-lead flick. This role lets Melissa McCarthy step outside of her all-too-prevalent recent "raunchy and oversexed" comedy role and lets her play a more diverse character. It's not a good movie by any means - it really isn't very funny, and the story takes some abrupt turns…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014 3

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…