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  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★★

    You’re upside down, sir. 

    I know what you’re thinking. “This is one of this guy’s four favorite movies?  Really?”

    Perhaps it is from a disproportionately high  exposure to The Three Stooges or Looney Tunes when I was a kid. Or Gilligan’s Island, for that matter. I’m not sure exactly how it all manifested itself over time, and the runner-ups are far, far too numerous and hilarious to mention, but this movie is my single favorite comedy. 
    There has to be…

  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★★★

    What happens when we die?  I often get rolled-back eyeballs from people when I comment that Albert Brooks’ version of the afterlife makes more sense to me personally than the garden-variety biblically-inspired versions. 

    I was trapped near the inner circle of thought. 

    But I *do* feel that way, arched eyebrows or not. There are so many universal human truths at the center of Defending Your Life that it unfolds like a universal coaching manual for humanity. 

    Fear is like a…

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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★★½

    Watching this gem again on its third anniversary of release. What might have been in terms of future adventures...

  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★

    Charming at times, slow and indifferent at others, Christopher Robin excels whenever we are in the Hundred Acre Wood. When Pooh is in charge, things seem to be on track. The London scenes and cast are definitely the weakest links; notably Haley Atwell is given absolutely nothing to do, but Ewan McGregor is fine as the adult Robin. The animals are well rendered (some certainly seemed and felt like puppets) and the voices were spot on: Peter Capaldi was a…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    I’ll write a spoiler review later, but for now... this is a really fun film. Big ensemble events like this can be hard to pull off; there’s pressure to create an opportunity for each individual character to shine a bit. But Joe & Anthony Russo succeed both in making a film with lots of great standalone action and rewarding the die-hards with plenty of references to earlier Marvel outings. It’s kind of like listening to a greatest hits album from your…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    What happens when your slice of life is too small, and keeps shrinking? That’s one of the questions The Florida Project asks of its audience. While ostensibly about the small-scale adventures of adorable kids exploring the odd, surreal environment that is Kissimmee, Florida, the movie eventually reveals much darker tones. There’s a slow, uneasy, steady progression to the point where we understand the real stories behind these innocent kids and it is profoundly sad. 


    Actually, the real lesson of the…