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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    I introduced my niece and nephew to this over one of my favorite animated films while babysitting this Saturday. Since so much of The Iron Giant is about the 1950s fear of invasion and atomic war, a lot of this was beyond them (they're turning 3 and 5 this summer). 

    But they loved the giant robot — as I knew they would.

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★

    Loved this – gorgeous animation, fantastic myth-based story, great characters.

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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★½

    Jennifer’s Body had the chance to be a fun horror movie that said interesting things about teenage girls and their relationships to each other and their bodies, but it didn’t quite get there. Instead it falls back on clichés and stereotypes — the cheerleader, who is insecure, hot, and backstabbing, and the geeky, needy friend (who is actually named Needy, which annoys me to no end).

    There were moments in this that were kind of cool.
    • The scene when…

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    ★★★★

    A beautiful bio pick with an astounding performance from Eddie Redmayne. The film doesn't go much into the specifics of his scientific theories, opting instead to show the story of the man and his personal struggles. His relationship with his wife is respectfully portrayed and shows what amazing people they both are.

    Style-wise, I could have done without the candy colored filters, since the cinematography was beautiful on its own. But that's a small quibble.

    Such a wonderful movie.