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  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    Free Solo works well mainly due to the way it distances itself from overly glorifying its subject. Honnold isn’t particularly sympathetic but we still watch in awe of his achievement, captured beautifully. Blown up on a real IMAX, this is a sight to behold. It’s fairly standard documentary filmmaking but the subject matter makes it work well. Free Solo is worth seeing on the biggest screen possible, telling an intriguing tale with some truly spectacular views.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    The concert sequences in this are legitimately incredible and worth seeing in Dolby on their own. First half is easily better than the second half but this is still one of the best straight dramas of the year all around.

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.

    The fun of The…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a wonder. After a brilliant mainstream debut in Whiplash, Damien Chazelle has matured impressively. He directs with a precision of a orchestra conductor. His films feel like the jazz that they represent, spontaneous, energetic and pleasant. The way he stages the musical numbers never fail to make you smile, and he brilliantly constructs the film to drop out the singing again and again, just making you feel the beautiful music.

    Stone and Gosling are both marvelous…