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  • The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

    The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A very timely movie in light of this week’s appalling news, with our president’s treasonous relationship with Russia now confirmed. This film may be slow and dated, but Jewison moves it effectively to that stunning climax where the Americans and the Russians band together to save the kid dangling from the church. Which is a total deus ex machina, but hey: It works. The film’s message of peace during Cold War Times is moving.

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia

    ★★★

    I’ve never found this to be a very good movie, but it’s inspirational that Don Bluth and Gary Goldman got to direct a blockbuster animation epic of this size at such a low point in their careers.

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  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★½

    I am not sure yet if this is a masterpiece, but based on my first viewing, I can say with certainty that it is a great, exceptionally well-made film, with all-around great acting, great cinematography, great editing and great screenwriting. It's wonderful to see Tom Hanks giving such a commanding and charismatic lead performance in a movie again. He really carries us through this complex story, and we fear for him every step of the way as he makes his…

  • A Thousand Clowns

    A Thousand Clowns

    ★★★★½

    Well... my simple, child reaction of what you did is that you are not funny. Funnier than you is even Stuart Schlossman, who is my friend, and is 11, and puts walnuts in his mouth and makes noises. What's *not* funny is to call us names. And what is mostly not funny is how sad you are, and I'd feel sorry for you -- if it wasn't for how dull you are. And those are the worst-tasting potato chips I've ever tasted. And that's my opinion from the blue, blue sky.