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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★½

    Jackie is a hard sell because it is such an unconventional biopic. It is not a depiction of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, cradle to the grave. It is an interpretation of the days after the notorious JFK assassination, from her eyes. The biggest shame is that one hour and forty minutes is simply not long enough to spend with Natalie Portman's Jackie - she is such a rich and contradictory person committed and confronted with her public façade…

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★

    Oh, so that's why it's called Lion!

    The best thing I can say about Lion is that it is exactly what I expected it to be: handsomely made, but bland Oscar bait. The most fascinating aspect of Lion's incredible true story is the incredible true story itself. The movie's depiction of the true story feels like bits and pieces of things I have seen before, unfortunately. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are fine, but not as outstanding as awards shows…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★½

    WTF has a name, and it rhymes with Wicolas Tinding Fefn. 

    Someday I might be working at the video store, and a desperate customer will approach me. "Can I help you?" I ask him (I will assume he is a he for pronoun's sake). He looks at me, twitching and disheveled. "Just fuck my life up."

    He leaves the video store with a copy of Only God Forgives and a package of sugar-free gummy bears.

    There's got to be a…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★★

    After three viewings, I've finally decided that Ratatouille is a masterpiece.

    Ratatouille is critic-proof. Sure, the menacing Anton Ego has a monologue near the film's end about the hypocrisies that come from being a critic, but that's not why Brad Bird's movie is so immune. Ratatouille can't be touched because it does such a good job of appealing to our emotions. I couldn't help but feel uplifted by Remy the rat's joy of cooking.

    The best movies surprise us, and…