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  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    There really isn’t a single bum note in this entire movie. There’s something so effortlessly rich about ‘80s cinema. Everyone in the cast is fantastic but I feel like Corey Feldman doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is here. We don’t have enough crazy kid characters these days.

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★

    A miraculous achievement in the field of narrative pointlessness. The stakes have never been more nominal. Also the best acting The Rock has ever done.

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    This movie utterly destroyed me. I am destroyed. I am in small pieces, scattered on the ground. It is a wonderful feeling.

    It seems paradoxical that something can be so subtle and so powerful at the same time.

    The way Adèle Haenel can hint at an expression, and convey its emotion without ever actually going there, is simply astonishing.

    Noémie Merlant embodies a level of self-awareness here that will inspire me for the rest of my days. Seeing her composure…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    This was exactly what I wanted it to be: a beautiful melding of macro adventure and interior emotions. Pitt's increasingly weathered face has rarely been better deployed. Amazing set-pieces. More action than you might expect from Gray. Awesomely-grounded sense of futurism. Marvelous overall.