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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    A lot of things have to go right to make this movie bearable, and the good news is that a lot of things really do go right. Cooper has to be insanely charming, and he pulls that off. Gaga (would love if she were credited another way, but here we are: "Gaga") has to be believable as a schlub and an intergalactic star and a suffering wife and a brilliant artist and a resourceful woman. But largely she pulls it…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★½

    I totally saw this. Two years ago. Can't believe I didn't log it.

    I loved it.

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  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★★

    My wife told me this was a classic, but then confessed that she "probably hadn't seen it all the way through" which is annoying because she's been saying "I want my two dollars" to me for 22 years.

    This is a pretty insubstantial teen comedy, fairly gentle compared to other genre films. John Cusack is plenty cute and charming, and his romantic interest steals a few scenes, but everyone else ranges from "unpleasant" to "abhorrent" and so it's unfortunate that…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    This, for me, was a frustrating lesson in admiring a film without really liking it. There are some hugely fascinating ideas in the movie, but they don't do nearly enough to offset how bored and insulted I felt during the rest of the runtime. There are, likewise, a couple of really dazzling setpieces, but I had difficulty reconciling that with some other awfully cheap-looking aesthetic touches. This film is going for something really ambitious, but the end result is sort…