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  • Chinatown
  • Brazil
  • Jurassic Park
  • The White Ribbon

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  • Knives Out

    ★★★★½

  • Home Alone

    ★★★½

  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★★

  • The Man Who Knew Too Little

    ★★★½

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  • Desert Fury

    Desert Fury

    ★★½

    Waited 95 minutes for a character, any character, to make one decision that made any sense at all. I thought maybe I'd at least understand some of the motivations if the movie ever got around to explaining the backstory that made half of the dialogue seem like it was in code . . . Then it did in the last 5 minutes before rushing to a crushingly-obvious and contrived conclusion, and confirmed that there just wasn't any "there" there. On the plus side, the movie looks great and there are some great actors acting their hearts out to overcome the writing. It just isn't enough.

  • A Foreign Affair

    A Foreign Affair

    ★★★

    Mildly cute, but wildly regressive. I'm not sure whether we're *supposed* to like any of the main characters, but . . . I don't think I did. I liked the performances, though, and there's plenty going on beneath the surface if you find yourself in the mood to dig for it.

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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.