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  • County Hospital

    County Hospital

    ★★★★

    A visit to the hospital leads to chaos when Laurel drops by to bring his old friend some hard boiled eggs and nuts in COUNTY HOSPITAL, a bit that the legendary comedy duo would later adapt for their live tour decades later (immortalized in STAN & OLLIE).

    The misunderstandings between these two are genius. And while the film gets a bit lost in the weeds during the climactic car chase (featuring a drugged Laurel falling asleep behind the wheel), but the…

  • The Music Box

    The Music Box

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps Laurel & Hardy's most famous short film, THE MUSIC BOX made history as the first ever Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short. Its iconic staircase, the centerpiece of the duo's Sisyphean attempt to haul a piano to its final destination at the top, is still revered by fans today. This seemingly simple conceit - two delivery men trying to carry a piano up a comically long flight of stairs, becomes one of the most iconic comedy sketches of…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Near the end of Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN, the fourth version of the oft-told tale, Sam Elliot's Bobby Maine, brother of Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, looks at Lady Gaga's newly anointed pop star and tells her that all the songs that have ever been written are comprised of the same 12 notes in different octaves; what makes them unique is how the artist plays them. It's a direct defense why this story, which has been filmed in 1937…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.