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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Princess Bride
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Top Gun

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  • Romance & Cigarettes

    ★★★

  • Friday Night Lights

    ★★★★★

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

  • The Color of Money

    ★★★★★

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★

    Very oddball stop-motion animated anthology that tells three stories connected to a singular creepy house. The first is pretty much a deal with the devil situation and I enjoyed both its story and the animation the most. They get progressively stranger and the animation more modern and crisp as they go. By the end, I was just ready for it to end and bored to death. There's probably a big connecting theme or message, but I didn't care enough to figure out what that was, so it didn't get any sort of emotional or intellectual reaction out of me at all.

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★★

    What a ride this was! Hosoda's film does take the classic Disney version of Beauty and the Beast and use it as a framework for the story of "Belle", but it's not just a remake of that material. It's so much more.

    Suzu is a grieving high school girl who struggles with depression because of a tragic family accident that she hasn't been able to accept. That is, until one day when she creates an avatar in this film's version…

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  • Romance & Cigarettes

    Romance & Cigarettes

    ★★★

    Absolute musical horny chaos.

    Written and directed by John Turturro, produced by the Coens, and with a cast full of recognizable faces, this lip-synced musical story is basically about a blue collar family guy who is cheating on his wife with Kate Winslet and the messy time they and those close to them go through once his infidelity is discovered. Its certainly not without its charm. The cast is undeniably having a blast and every performance is B-I-G. There are…

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★★

    Liked this a lot! It has some early 2000s hammy charm for sure, doesn't have particularly exciting on-field soccer action, and probably stretches the story out a bit too long, but the relationships are all just totally delightful. Plus, it's such an authentic look at the British Indian cultural dynamic from a personal perspective.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★★

    I can think of nothing that wasn't improved. It's undeniably Zack's vision through and through, all of his visual and character strengths along with divisive needle drops and his sometimes awkward way of framing humor in the midst of heavy dramatic stakes. Victor and Barry benefit big-time from more backstory and more explanation helps clear up the overall plot. It's riveting from start to finish; the time just flies by and the film flows beautifully from one chapter to the…