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  • Interstellar
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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Singin' in the Rain

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  • Great Expectations

    ★★★★

  • 21 Grams

    ★★★★

  • Out of the Past

    ★★★★½

  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

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  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    ★★★★

    I’ve spent a decent amount of time in the 1940s these past few weeks, interspersing my regular dosage of random films with a selection of time-worn classics that I hadn’t seen until now. This, after having rewatched “Lawrence of Arabia” a few weeks ago, gave me a chance to check out one of David Lean’s earliest directorial efforts of note, one of about a dozen adaptations from the past century of Charles Dickens’s penultimate novel, “Great Expectations”. I knew next…

  • 21 Grams

    21 Grams

    ★★★★

    What brings humans together? Is it really something as arbitrary as chance? Is it predetermined perhaps, like some mathematical formula that after a bunch of steps can only lead to the singular outcome it was always going to? Or could it be some higher power after all whether you call it fate or God? Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu throughout his illustrious career as a filmmaker has always been interested in human connections, how they form and especially how they cease. His…

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Assuming you didn’t already cancel your HBO subscription following last Sunday’s universally maligned “Game of Thrones” episode, they have much to offer beyond controversial conclusions to character arcs. “Chernobyl”, by far the best show currently airing on HBO about numerous people dying of burns all over their bodies, is a deeply unnerving experience, a detailed look at the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986 that put the whole continent at risk and made at least some people ponder whether there are…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    I have questions. Tons of them. But the one I would most like answered regrettably happens to be the one that likely never will. That is unless J.J. Abrams decides to pen his explosive tell-all memoirs some day. I want to go back to the early 2010s, shortly after Disney acquired, among other assets, the registration of the Millennium Falcon, all the real estate on housing hot spot Tatooine, and the instruction manual for how to construct a lightsaber. And…