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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Princess Bride
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Top Gun

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  • Batman

    ★★★★

  • The Wrestler

    ★★★★

  • Untold: Crimes & Penalties

    ★★★

  • Firefox

    ★★★

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★

    Very oddball stop-motion animated anthology that tells three stories connected to a singular creepy house. The first is pretty much a deal with the devil situation and I enjoyed both its story and the animation the most. They get progressively stranger and the animation more modern and crisp as they go. By the end, I was just ready for it to end and bored to death. There's probably a big connecting theme or message, but I didn't care enough to figure out what that was, so it didn't get any sort of emotional or intellectual reaction out of me at all.

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★★

    What a ride this was! Hosoda's film does take the classic Disney version of Beauty and the Beast and use it as a framework for the story of "Belle", but it's not just a remake of that material. It's so much more.

    Suzu is a grieving high school girl who struggles with depression because of a tragic family accident that she hasn't been able to accept. That is, until one day when she creates an avatar in this film's version…

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  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★★

    The further I get from this, the more I love it as a piece of nostalgia and not a franchise or even genre favorite. There is, of course, plenty to respect about its impact on the future of comic book films through its first real depiction of a dark super hero world. The Elfman score is unquestionably great. The way that Gotham City is turned into a character itself by way of Burton's design is impressive. And yes, Batman does…

  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler

    ★★★★

    Rourke is incredible. There's no denying that. He simply is not there; it is only Randy the Ram, and there's something truly special about it that most actors will never have the perfect marriage of role and talent to achieve. I love the grungy way this whole movie is shot, too. It feels like Randy looks - living a rundown life with a rundown career, rundown relationships, and rundown hope. I also dig a perfectly ambiguous ending. The last couple…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★★

    I can think of nothing that wasn't improved. It's undeniably Zack's vision through and through, all of his visual and character strengths along with divisive needle drops and his sometimes awkward way of framing humor in the midst of heavy dramatic stakes. Victor and Barry benefit big-time from more backstory and more explanation helps clear up the overall plot. It's riveting from start to finish; the time just flies by and the film flows beautifully from one chapter to the…