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  • Star Wars
  • Casablanca
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • What's Up, Doc?

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

  • The Lost City

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

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  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    Hannah and Her Sisters

    ★★★★★

    If Jesus ever came back, and saw what was going on in his name... he’d never stop throwing up. 

    This Woody Allen masterpiece is a significant film simply by virtue of the cast: Michael Caine and Diane Weist both won Oscars for supporting acting... and since there really aren’t any “lead” roles in Hannah and Her Sisters, it’s appropriate and indicative of the overall depth of this cast. Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Woody himself are memorable in their roles…

  • 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…

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

    78/100
    Four stars for fans of all things animation and Toontown, three for everyone else. 
    It’s a good time, with about a jillion cameos and Easter eggs coming at you a mile a minute as Hollywood is lovingly skewered.
    Seriously, where else are you gonna see a Batman vs E.T. clip, anyway?

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

    81/100
    With storylines mostly fresh and a little bit predictable, Downton Abbey: A New Era serves as a lovely capstone to the series, and a worthy sequel to the 2019 entry. 
    The plot follows two distinct tracks this time. Most of the upstairs gang (and Carson) journey to the south of France to visit a villa that Violet has mysteriously come into possession of. It’s a unique vacation for the Crawleys (and the French Riviera makes for a lavish change…

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  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11

    ★★★★★

    If time travel doesn’t exist, one can experience a fairly vivid approximation in Todd Douglas Miller’s fantastic documentary Apollo 11. Created almost entirely from archival footage, it’s an absolute joy for any fan of the space program, or sixties history in general.  

    And that footage... Miller found reel upon reel of never-before-seen footage that was shot on 65mm negatives for a never-produced NASA documentary. The celluloid is jaw-dropping in its extreme clarity; it’s as if Miller hopped into a Delorean,…

  • 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…