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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    If you can't get on board with this, "Baby Driver" or "Mad Max: Fury Road," then action movies just aren't your thing. "Fallout" is the best MI film yet, which is a major compliment considering how spectacular the last two films were. Christopher McQuarrie has quietly earned himself a spot on the master list of top action directors working today. Even in the film's final set piece--utilizing one of the oldest traditions of the genre--McQuarrie finds ways to put you…

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★★

    I don't care if it doesn't have little people in whiteface talking backwards or Kyle MacLachlan being cryptic. This is still one of my favorite David Lynch films and I love it! Makes for a wonderful companion piece to "Lucky" for many other reasons that have nothing to do with casting.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Hard to say where it ranks. Definitely up there with the best, though. Is it THE best? Time (and a few more viewings) will tell. It is certainly the "busiest" of all SW films. Every character is either escaping, hiding, planning, fighting, wisecracking, sword-swinging, piloting, plotting, rescuing, screaming, shouting, training, being trained or... meditating. There is a lot going on in this 2.5 hour extravaganza and it's all fun. At times, it can be incredibly moving. One moment that could…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    The closest thing you'll get to a spoiler here is that BB-8 sounds nothing like the Spheero toy. Still very cute, though. Okay, there. How's the movie?

    As a film critic at this time of year, I am watching tons of award screeners, many of which are incredibly depressing (even if they're great, they're mostly downers). Watching The Force Awakens yesterday, I felt like I was transported back to 1977, when moviegoers were finally treated to something incredibly fun and…