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  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Inside Out

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  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • The Animatrix

    ★★★★

  • My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★½

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

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

    [7.9/10] Nope is a film of tremendous spectacle. Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele has not lost the slightest of steps in crafting evocative sequences with his team. He elicits tension as heroes and bystanders alike flee the giant specter lurking through the sky, ready to suck them up. He captures the balletic grace of a ribbony jellyfish creature floating through the clouds and gobbling up what it finds. He gets the heart pumping as his new age cowboy races through the western…

  • The Animatrix

    The Animatrix

    ★★★★

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

    [7.8/10] Let’s take these segment by segment.

    **The Second Renaissance**: The word that comes to mind is “chilling.” Having seen this one before, it was lighter on details than I remembered. We learn the basics: humanity attacking their mechanical helpers, a robot revolt and exodus, a thriving artificial community, a war between man and machine, and a blotting out of the sun that results in mankind’s subjugation. But it’s much lighter on details than I’d remembered. Instead, the short depicts…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

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

    [9.5/10] The most ingenious choice that Greta Gerwig’s Little Women makes is to chop up the story so as to juxtapose present and past. It not only immediately marks this adaptation as distinct from its predecessors, but helps to recontextualize and connect different parts of the story to make it feel new again.

    The audience has a chance to meet and appreciate Freidrich before Laurie has burrowed into their hearts. By the same token, the joy and connection between Amy…

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★

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

    [7.9/10] We have so many stories about the burden of being the chosen one. Everything from Harry Potter to Buffy Summers to Avatar Aang delves into the burden of carrying the world on your shoulder as the fabled champion. It’s a good thing, to humanize those fighting against a supernatural evil, make them recognizably human despite their heroic poses and incredible gifts.

    But Encanto explores something rarer -- the burden of not being the special one, of feeling like you…