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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    Paddington 2 is the perfect family film. In fact, it's made with such care that were it about manslaughter rather than marmalade, it would be considered arthouse.

    The plot is simple enough; Paddington finds himself in need of a present for his Aunt. This simple premise (don't all heroes' journeys start this way?) leads him to getting a job, then mistaken for a burglar, making friends with a mean cook named "Nuckle's" ("with a capital 'N'"), tangled up with a…

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★★

    I think Steven Spielberg's "The Post" turned off a lot of potential conservative fans with the way it was advertised, even by Spielberg himself. The trailer made it seem like Meryl Streep was going to burst out of every frame with brute female strength, yelling #MeToo while all men in her path bowed before her haloed silhouette. Spielberg kept talking about how he made it especially for the Trump era. I'm a big Spielberg fan and generally trust him to…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    With the release of its sequel The Last Jedi coming to theaters, I thought it would be a good time to rewatch and review Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    When the movie was released, it was a force to be reckoned with (horrible pun, sorry). Everyone was talking about the big spoiler towards the end of the film, some even going so far as to stay off the Internet until seeing it to avoid the chance that some insensitive soul…

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★½

    As a huge animation fan, I look forward to every Pixar release as much as the next guy. In their first decade they churned out one masterpiece after another, and films like Toy Story, Incredibles, and Ratatouille still rank among the finest films of any genre. They should be held to a higher standard than other animation studios, and because of that, their movies haven’t been up to par for the last few years. They haven’t released a great film…