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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★

    I was definitely expecting to enjoy this more than I did. If this is Hollywood's big push to revive the classic musical format, I think it's going to be harder than I wish it was to recapture that magic. There were some nice moments but the music was subdued, not very memorable or emotive. The overall effect felt shallow and plastic to me, sorry to say. I found it hard to engage or empathize with the plight of the main…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★

    Three stars for the set designs and production values, and overall ambition of the project. I need to read up on the history and think this one through a bit more to decide what to make of it. Some of it felt ridiculous in a not good way, but there are numerous compelling moments. The grandiose pomposity of the acting also caused me to lose focus on the protagonists as actual people, reducing their sufferings to theatrical artifice. But I'm not willing to dismiss this quite yet.

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★½

    Watched it with my family as we played games on New Year's Eve. A perfect film for such an occasion, not just because of its setting on that date, but because of it's "Christmas Carol"-esque message about doing better with the opportunities life gives us. "Lord, let my soul come to maturity before it is reaped."

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    I'm happy to give this film my highest rating, simply on the power of the experience it provided for me and the group I saw it with earlier this evening. I was accompanied by two of my sons, a daughter-in-law, a niece and her husband, all young adults . We all went into the film eager to see what Christopher Nolan had in store, and of the six of us, I was probably the most informed about what to expect.…