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  • Pleasantville

    Pleasantville

    ★★★★★

    A film that plays as perfectly today in the COVID-19/BLM era as it did in 1998 when it summed up the latter half of the 20th century. It remains an astonishing piece of work with (still!) some of the most extraordinary images I've ever seen on film. It still has huge laughs as a comedy and profoundly moving moments in its dramatic beats. Randy Newman's score lingers in the brain, as many of his best scores do, and Fiona Apple's…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    There's nothing I can say about this that hasn't been said much better by everyone else.
    I'm mainly logging a review as a means of documenting that this is the first movie I saw in an indoor movie theater since March, 2020. The Music Box Theater screened it in 70MM with a limited capacity policy of no more than 50 people (in a theater that seats 700+). It was magical, startling and an oddly potent film to view in this…

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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…