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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Godfather
  • About a Boy
  • Warrior

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  • Georgetown

    ★★★

  • I'm Your Woman

    ★★★★

  • CODA

    ★★★★½

  • Wolfwalkers

    ★★★½

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  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    ★★★★★

    It’s not flawless - the first 36 minutes feel aimless, with reunions, cheap jokes, and low-stakes complications.  It feels like it’s shaping up to be another lazy sequel.  

    BUT THEN Sister Mary Clarence hears that the school’s fate is in jeopardy, and she walks into her classroom and throws down the gauntlet with her iconic “This is a brand new day” speech.  It’s a watershed moment in the film.  It is impossible to overstate the implications of what Sister…

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  • Georgetown

    Georgetown

    ★★★

    Christoph Waltz is so annoying to watch but I was intrigued since this is set in DC.  As a director, he’s not too bad here.  The plot is intriguing as you’re wondering what it’s all building towards, but the ending is underwhelming and predictable.  None of the characters are very sympathetic, except for Annette Benning, perhaps as the step-daughter.  There’s just not a lot of substance or detail here, overall, the marketing really oversells the plot.

  • I'm Your Woman

    I'm Your Woman

    ★★★★

    Wasn’t sure what to expect from this but it was an enjoyable ride.  Has a vintage 70s look and feel and a great soundtrack.  Rachel Brosnahan is a strong lead and the rest of the small cast are all pretty great.  There’s nothing here that really knocks your socks off but it’s fine and interesting enough to see a gangster film through the perspective of a single mom who’s swept up in this violent world and left to navigate it largely on her own.

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  • Apples

    Apples

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Upon a re-watch, it seems that this film is less about memory loss and more about the intentional construction of individual identity. What makes this film compelling is how it draws a line from trauma and pain to self-doubt and the desire for personal reinvention projects.

    The “scientists” who are “helping” him learn how to live are really idiots.  The tasks that they recommend to him are just dumb, silly things, and many of them are actually dangerous and self-destructive.…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★

    Pádraic: It takes two to tango.
    Colm: But I don’t want to tango.
    Pádraic [in a tragically desperate whisper]: You were dancing with your dog!

    Beautiful to look at and well-cast.  Often funny and heartbreaking.  Colin Farrell is outstanding.  Quite heavy overall, and I wasn’t satisfied by the ending.