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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★½

    TITANIC is like the ultimate evolution of decades of classic Hollywood quasi-historical romantic melodrama. It's a rich tradition, and when it lands with both audiences and critics you get a once-in-a-generation event. That's what this is. Say what you will about how unashamedly the story leans into every possible movie cliche, this is a masterpiece of big-screen spectacle that weds old-school style with cutting-edge filmmaking.

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    This is just an absolute A+ crime drama, in addition to showcasing the Coen Brothers' flawless grasp of characters. It's funny, it's shocking, and it's profound. Above all, it's one of the best examinations of a perennial Coen theme: What answer does virtue have in the face of almost-overwhelming and incomprehensible human evil?

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  • Dinosaur

    Dinosaur

    ★½

    The original plan for Dinosaur was to make it without any dialogue, a bold and innovative idea that was apparently not marketable enough for nervous Disney executives. The film opens with a stunning sequence that seamlessly combines gorgeous live-action backdrops with computer-generated dinosaur characters set to a pulse-pounding orchestral score. Then the characters start talking and the magic abruptly departs, replaced with a predictable plot and a distinct lack of thrills.

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    ★★★★½

    This is technically a “package” film, composed of 3 previously-released segments all featuring A.A. Milne’s beloved characters, but it all hangs together so naturally that one would never really think of it that way. Certainly none of the package films of the ’40s have anything resembling the charm of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Tigger, and the rest. If this movie has a flaw, it’s in being too short, and watching it is very much like curling up under a fuzzy blanket.