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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    Third film this year I was unable to leave a star rating, along with AU HASARD BALTHAZAR and STALKER. I don't know what criteria to use to rate, compare, judge these films. I don't even know if I like them, or if I should, as enjoyment is clearly not a goal. Pretty mystified.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    So I saw this last night, alone, because my wife has no intention of ever seeing it. I get home at 11:30pm and she wants me to spoil it for her, again because she has no intention of ever seeing it. And as I tell her some setup and a few scenes, I realize two things. One, I'm getting chills and I have to calm down, and two, I'm not making any sense. Because the film at times makes no…

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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    Watched it with my 6-year old. Movie ends. Total silence. He whispers, "That was awesome."

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★★

    This unexpectedly became "family movie night" when my older boy -- he's 8 -- walked into my office and said, "So Star Wars is really about the two droids?" and I said, sort of. I explained that George Lucas had seen Hidden Fortress and liked telling a larger story through the supporting characters. So I showed him the first ten minutes of the movie, reading the subtitles aloud so he could keep up. He loved it. I was worried about…