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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★½

    An instant classic. "Logan" is a transcendent masterpiece, combining the richest, most meaningful aspects of superhero films with the sensibilities of a western, "Logan" is just one hell of a thing. I don't know if it's possible or even desirable to replicate the exact circumstances that make "Logan" work, but it all works. Even out of general context, it's an outstanding R-Rated action film and a human drama, but as a tragic, disappointing goodbye to an era, it just means…

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★★½

    Genuinely one of my favorite films of all time, even with some of its flaws apparent. The animation isn't as sharp as the immediate follow ups, Ariel doesn't really grow as a character, etc. But yanno, even masterpieces are allowed to have flaws. "Star Wars" is hardly a polished film and its all the better for it. The same applies to this film, which works so well so often that it is really hard to care about what doesn't work…

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  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve may be our best modern director, and "Incendies" may be his best film. It's also among the most difficult to watch, and not because it is mainly in French. It tells the tragic story of a mother and her children as they discover the truth about who they are. Gorgeously shot and startlingly well acted, it is among the best films this decade has to offer. And it is deeply affecting; I know I'll be haunted by this one for a long time.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

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

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…