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  • Man, Woman, and Child

    Man, Woman, and Child

    ★★★★½

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

    This is a hard film to watch because the subject matter is so painful. I usually can't stand movies where couples do nothing but quarrel with each other, but Martin Sheen and Blythe Danner are both so good in this movie precisely because their arguments arise out of a terribly awkward situation. There is tension in every scene, and it's almost uncomfortably realistic.

    Every character is relatable: Sheen's pride in the son he never knew he had; Danner's jealousy; the…

  • Jumanji

    Jumanji

    ★★★★

    One of those movies you watch to give your brain a break. After repeated viewings as a child, it remains a highly-entertaining movie thanks to a fantastic Robin Williams performance, and a wonderful James Horner score. The screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor and Jim Stein approaches the material as a story about facing your fears, and facing imposing father figures (Jonathan Hyde is quite good in a Captain Hook-ish dual role as Sam Parrish and as the villainous Van…

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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…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    For all its noble, politically-correct intentions, this movie completely fails to work.