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  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    ★★★

    This really should’ve been total trash, but it somehow won me over by its conclusion. Kurt Russell is by far the best thing about this, including an incredibly entertaining musical sequence that occurs close to the end of the film. The kids are fine, the story heads in exactly the direction you expect it to, and though some of the special effects are pretty questionable, it’s mostly a fun time. It’s unlikely to be a recurring holiday favorite, but for what it is, it easily could’ve been worse.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    A heck of a fun ride. For once, it really feels like a movie that’s been ripped straight out of a comic book. The animations are bursting with energy, though it’s also occasionally distracting, and in a way that I think would actually be enhanced if you see it in 3D. Miles Morales’ origin story is fully-fleshed and given more than enough sincerity, even though we’ve seen the origin of Spider-Man plenty of times by now. It’s good enough to…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    There's a book I read a few years back about screenwriting, called Save the Cat. The book's title refers to the idea that, if you have your protagonist do something heroic such as save a helpless feline, then that adds a dimension of likability to the character that allows the audience to become invested. 

    Such an aspect happens on multiple occasions throughout American Honey. Our protagonist named Star, played by Sasha Lane, is a troubled yet warmhearted young girl, who…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★½

    Though touching upon the toxic racism of the South, and really all of America, during the 1960s, Green Book presents a somewhat sanitized version of it, portrayed here as a road trip film based also upon a real life friendship. The film mostly succeeds, though, helped immensely by both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali's intense devotions to their roles, here playing off each other quite well. Peter Farrelly, mostly known for his wacky comedies before this, including Dumb and Dumber…