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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★

  • Jackass 4.5

    ★★★½

  • The Northman

    ★★★★½

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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★★

    “Guess there's some justice in the world. You suffer, you go through hell. Then happiness comes along for everyone.”

    The ending of this film broke me. With every tear Giulietta Masina sheds, my soul dies a little more. Conversely, there is a world of power behind her smile. Her face is so expressive, I’d rather imagine that she would have been immensely successful in the silent era of film as well. Forget Julia Roberts, Giulietta Masina is cinema’s true hooker…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    “No, I don't know what this pebble's purpose is, but it must have one, because if this pebble has no purpose, then everything is pointless. Even the stars! At least, I think so. And you too. You have a purpose too.”

    Man...and I though Fausto was irredeemable. Enter Zampano...although he may not be completely irredeemable. He’s a worse man, but I think he understands at the end, and his cries of pain are a realization that his own anger and…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. It doesn’t take much skill to think up some nonsensical ideas like hotdog fingers or shoving objects up your butt for superpowers. It does take a master-level of skill however, to have it all make sense and serve a greater message. Like most reviews say, it’s best to walk into this film completely cold. If you do read anything about it though, you’ll still likely be surprised by 1,000 others things going…

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★

    This might be the trippiest movie of the year. It has no business working, and I’m not sure how it does, but it does. The “uncanny valley” scene was a stroke of brilliance! I’m convinced that The Lonely Island guys can make literally anything at least entertaining.

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  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    ★★★★★

    This was just...haunting. Realistically, one of the single most devastating films I’ve ever seen.

    As a fan of “war films”, I cannot recall a movie that so effectively portrays the brutal cost of war. I love the patriotic feelings that many war films evoke, but Grave of the Fireflies reminds us that there are no winners in war. Even if the cause we fight for is just - war is about loss. Naturally, whichever side loses the least ultimately comes out ahead, but how does one measure so great a personal loss as portrayed in this film? Is any cause worth that cost?

    Absolute devastation.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    “Love is the strongest thing in the world.”
    ”I think you’ll find that metal is the strongest thing in the world. Followed closely by dynamite, and then muscles.”

    The most effective way to strip power away from pure evil is to make fun of it. Like Chaplin and Lubitsch before him, Taika Waititi does just that. 

    There are a number of wonderful performances here, especially from the child actors. Pulling beautifully human performances out of actors so young historically seems…