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  • That Thing You Do!
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Toy Story 3
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★★★½

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★★★½

  • Teen Beach Movie

    ★★★★

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★½

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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★★★½

    I rewatched this movie for the second time in a week to prep for a podcast episode, but I decided to watch the theatrical cut this time, which is easily my preferred cut. (Both are available on the DVD I have, which I think is the Canadian release, labeled “Collectors Edition.” It’s loaded with bonus features.) With the extended cut fresh on my brain, I really noticed the differences: A several minute scene, featuring a yoga lesson, is completely missing…

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes a movie just clicks in a way that is totally subjective. Especially comedies. I know all art, to some extent, is in the eye of the beholder, but I think comedies often just come down to taste and personal funny bones. And, for me, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is pretty much at the tippy top of a comedy where just about every single joke is in line with my own personal sense of humor.

    Jason Segel is the auteur of…

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  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★★½

    Richard Williams' 1971 Oscar-winning short is an astonishing adaptation, animated with beautiful, pencil-drawn grace and showcasing the creepier side of the story.

    Some of the moments here have never been depicted like this before. Marley's jaw dangles, unhinged, with all the fright described in the text. The ghost-hearse races up the stairs. The Ghost of Christmas Past flickers and shapeshifts.

    The sets are shadowy and starkly angled; the graves at the cemetery in Christmas Future sprout like a horrid fungus…

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★★★

    I've always had a hard time figuring out just where to place WALL·E in the Pixar pantheon for a couple reasons, the biggest of which is that WALL·E is a rare masterpiece that gets steadily less interesting across its runtime. The more the movie focuses on the fat humans and environmentalism parable, the more it feels like a run-of-the-mill good movie; and the less it feels like a generationally profound piece of cinema.

    The movie's first hour really is that…