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  • Chinatown
  • Brazil
  • Jurassic Park
  • The White Ribbon

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  • Dune

    ★★★★½

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★★

  • Muppets Haunted Mansion

    ★★★

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  • The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    ★★½

    So, this is not a good movie and it's REALLY not a good adaptation. The acting and characterizations are particularly rough, which I think is mainly down to the choppiness of the writing. I really appreciate that essentially everything in the movie is taken straight out of the book (including a lot of song lyrics!), but in trying to bring the whole thing in under 80 minutes, there are multiple points where it feels like coherence got left on the…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★½

    There are a few bright spots, and bright performances, but overall it didn't hold my interest. I don't understand how a script can have so many interesting ideas for updating a well-known story and still be this unsubtle and unoriginal in its execution. But my kids enjoyed it.

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  • Dinosaur

    Dinosaur

    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.