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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★½

    An animated delight that floats on its celebration of family and colorful chords of Mexican culture, "Coco" is a bitter-sweet adventure. Following a young man's journey into the Land of the Dead, the film rates as another win in PIXAR's canon.

    Focusing on young Miguel, "Coco" tells the story of the boy's attempt to solve his family's distaste of all things musical while getting caught up in living and dead family politics. The narrative follows the recognizable strains of the…

  • Cool Runnings

    Cool Runnings

    ★★★★½

    A jubilant sports comedy, Jon Turtletaub's "Cool Runnings" is powered by likable characters and an infectious energy. Comfort-food cinema of the most enjoyable degree, the film is a witty blend of recognizable narrative beats and feel-good exuberance.

    Revolving around the Jamaican bobsled team that rose from Caribbean obscurity to take the 1988 Winter Olympics by storm, "Cool Runnings" follows the team through a well-worn underdog journey. Juxtaposing the tried and true teams assummedly better suited for success in the sport,…

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
    With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.

    Chazelle's story is built around Miles…