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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Good news, everyone. You don't just have to see the big Award movies in January and February. The first great movie of 2018 is already here and it is well worth seeing on the big screen. Endlessly inventive, delightful and charming, it makes a solid effort to distinguish itself from the original and it improves on the original in many ways (Hugh Grant makes a much better villain here than Nicole Kidman). Director Paul King's visual style borrows from Wes…

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts

    ★★★★★

    Once again, Herzfeldt brings us a maze of mind-bending sci-fi concepts and scenarios, both comical and tragic. The adorable Emily Prime is back as well as her future clones to take us on a journey through the unconscious, subconscious and, most importantly, Triangleland. Hopefully, there will be plenty of chances to see this on the big screen. Offering it so soon after its festival debut as a Vimeo rental is a nice gift, of course, but Herzfeldt's work cries out…

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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…