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  • Dazed and Confused
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • The Apartment

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★

  • Firestarter

    ★½

  • Michael Clayton

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    This ruled.

    Some things I love about this movie ...
    - How dark it is, and how they use that darkness and the constant idea of not knowing what could be lurking in the shadows.
    - It's a story about early Batman without actually being a Batman origin story.
    - The way Robert Pattinson made you really feel for Bruce Wayne and everything that has brought him to this point (while almost never being Bruce Wayne in this movie).
    -…

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★½

    2022 Sundance Film Festival — Screening #4

    Cooper Raiff is special. His second feature builds on what he did with his debut a couple years ago and continues to find a really wonderful sweet spot as a storyteller, particularly when it comes to telling the story of young people trying to find themselves as they enter different stages of their lives.

    Another home run for him, and I want him to keep growing into this generation's Richard Linklater so badly.…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    So easy to get completely lost in the sound and visuals of all of this, and those achievements help you overcome the general thinness and simplicity of the story. Performances also stood out. A lot of people have talked about *that* Nicole Kidman scene, and Alexander Skarsgard gave such a great physical performance as this cold person who has been consumed by this single desire for most of his life.

    Some incredible action direction here from Eggers, who very clearly…

  • Lucy and Desi

    Lucy and Desi

    ★★★½

    Not saying anything many people haven't already said before, but if you're going to watch Being the Ricardos, watch this instead!

    Very interesting (even if a little more by the numbers than I anticipated) look into the legacy of Lucy and Desi and the impact that they had on the entertainment landscape. Amy Poehler clearly sees Ball as a major inspiration for her, and that comes through in the filmmaking. Love that it wasn't afraid to show all of the ups and downs of the relationship while still showing that the two never lost their love for one another.

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★★

    2021 ChiFilmFest — Screening #5

    My new favorite film of 2021. A real delight, led by Renate Reinsve — who perfectly hits every complicated beat.

    Also: the woman next to me did the thing from that pointing Leo meme when the shot from the movie poster came up, so that was a highlight.

  • The War Room

    The War Room

    ★★★★

    Just attempting to get my mind off the upcoming election by watching a movie about a past election.