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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★½

    Nope, still a film where nothing works. 

    The Legend of Lord & Miller grows, as they were proven so, so right.

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★½

    Sixth film in my personal Dardenne Bros marathon. I was suspicious of this one heading in, since it was the first with a bona fide star. It took me about ten minutes to forget she was in ALLIED, and Cotillard projects frailty without any vanity. Actually she's so good at portraying depression that it hurts the overall story. At its core this is a film about labor, about the cruelty of a work environment where the abuse starts at the…

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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…