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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Big Fish
  • La La Land
  • Boyhood

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  • Strange World

    ★★★

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

    ★★½

  • Slumberland

    ★★★

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  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★½

    I'm 20 years old, sitting behind the piano in Lowe 108 in front of approximately 75 friends, peers, family members, and professors. In front of me are a row of chairs with accompanying music stands, each carrying a libretto and some hastily notated lead sheets for the musical I’ve spent the past six months co-writing. As full-time students, our writing team has met almost exclusively on weekends, holiday breaks, and after our theatre department rehearsals release at 11pm by sneaking…

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

    Sundance Film Festival (Virtual) #6

    In many ways, Cha Cha Real Smooth feels like the next stage of Cooper Raiff's debut feature, Shithouse (one of my favorite films of 2020). Where Shithouse explores a college freshman struggling to acclimate to life away from home, Cha Cha finds an early 20s drifter lost in the sea of their post-graduate life. Both films are about encounters, fleeting in some ways and everlasting in others, romantic in nature, yet ultimately defined by two…

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  • Strange World

    Strange World

    ★★★

    Strange World reminded me a lot of Disney cult favorites like Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which is to say that I enjoyed the adventure enough while on it, but there's not much that I’ll find particularly memorable beyond the light steam-punk visuals.

    Still, I'm surprised this wasn't written for and targeted to the many folks in my age group who have been clamoring for more from that particular pocket of Disney animation. Then again, maybe Strange World is already destined to become yet another one of those beloved films that was under-appreciated in its time.

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

    Breathtaking visual artistry carved from the resiliency of the human spirit.

    Let wonder and curiosity lead us through whatever time we may be lucky enough to have.

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★½

    During the Q&A, a little girl asked Dean, with a completely earnest sense of curiosity: 
    “Did you make Marcel or did you find him?”

    To which Dean responded:
    “A little bit of both.” 

    She believed Marcel was real even if she knew he wasn’t.

    Stories and creativity can save the world ☺️

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Doctor Strange found dead in a ditch.