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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    I don't know if this is a trend or not, but in the past two mainstream action movies I've seen (this film and 'The Last Jedi') the hero and the villain wind up crying together on or close to the action sequences.

    Whether it be Rey and Kylo or Black Panther and Killmonger, I like this expression more than a speech that includes, "We're not so different, you and I."

  • Chris Rock: Tamborine

    Chris Rock: Tamborine

    ★★★

    More sad then funny.

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  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★★★★

    This.

    Was.

    Amazing.

    I was slightly trepidatious about approaching a film touted as "'Vertigo' from a woman's perspective," because I think 'Vertigo' does a halfway decent job of presenting a female perspective. However, I was wrong and was completely floored by this film.

    I think of "Inside Out," which went great lengths to let the audience know it is OK to be sad sometimes, failed to show the pressure placed on people - especially women - to be happy all…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★

    With films, especially personal or autobiographical films, there is always this tension between the story and the storyteller. Sometimes, the story wins, because "this story has to be told." Sometimes, the storyteller is more important because this entire project is one big fat exercise in ego.

    "Anomalisa" does a great job of taking you into the mind of a misanthropic being who does not care for or respect the humanity of others, and when he finds another person, he immediately…