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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★½

    The start is a bit rocky, but the narrative builds and swells and reaches such a high emotional pitch that it knocks you off your feet. One moment in particular is one of the most romantic gestures ever put to film.

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    One of those by the numbers dramas which, somewhat miraculously, manages to tread well worn tropes without ever feeling tired. That's a tribute to the both the performances and solid direction.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    Even though the film is enjoyable, it is fairly depressing to me that this is what mainstream American movies/culture has become (or maybe it has always been like this?); a nostalgic, self-congratulatory trip down memory lane that plays it so safe that it feels as risky as knitting Christmas sweaters with grandma. Each time one of these tent-pole, big-hype blockbusters comes out I find myself overlooking the track record of previous ventures and inevitably go to the theater to watch…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    My favorite Hitchcock so far, just edging out Psycho. Shot in beautiful technicolor (which I'm a sucker for) this is Hitch's most cinematic and ambitious effort. While I loved his earlier work like Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest takes full advantage of its medium and is like watching a painting in motion.