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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    ★½

    Paying off in the third act what you set up in the first: it's great! It's a layer of dramatic irony (that's Chekhovs gun!), or the satisfaction of finding a flower where there once was a seed. When it's done well it can be seamless. Recently I think of Hell or High Water, where the payoffs were so rapid and numerous it was a little like robbing a bank itself. Hot goods. Fugitive pleasures.

    And then there's this movie, which…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

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  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★½

    How great that this movie starts with a physical. Everything else is literally metaphysical!

    So much to love about this. Schrodinger's dybbuk. A great riff on the search for meaning - is it in my wife's mouth? And all of existence is a joke: the grandest questions, human kinds very existence, are achingly mundane. It's a specifically Jewish existential crisis in the wake of the Holocaust. Genocide is the nightmare. What makes it funny is when you wake up from…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    A friend of my brothers was once caught in a torrential downpour in Central Park and sought shelter under a tree. There was a man there and that man was Ben Whishaw, and together they waited out the rain. I would like to steal her memories and wear them like an old tee shirt. "This happened. Once, I was here." This technology isn't available so instead I've resolved to watch all of Ben Whishaws movies in 2018. I resolved this…