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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

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

    To all of the folks who have been complaining about how Lucasfilm needs to follow the lead of Marvel Studios, there is no need to complain any longer because.....your prayers have been answered! It has already happened....this was Star Wars Endgame and I enjoyed it MORE than 'Endgame mainly based on two factors:
    - JJ doesn't have an original idea in his pretty little head but he's a better director than the Russo Brothers hands-down.
    - I grew up on…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    WOW - I don't think I've actually felt engaged by a Noah Baumbach film since Kicking and Screaming but this just KNOCKED me on my ass! Having been through a divorce with children, it might be affecting me more but I guess that's the point: this film is a powerhouse that will make any one of the right age and marital situation (I'm now re-married but still) cry more than TEN Pixar movies!

    Overwritten and kinda stagy in a few…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

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

    Joker comes from a long-running tradition of tense character studies - mood-pieces based on around disturbed loners who are driven to sociopathic behavior from Taxi Driver to Falling Down to Fight Club to One Hour Photo....and what I found most shocking about this film is twofold: 1. That so many in the entertainment media have been in full-on pearl-clutching mode acting as if this film is some sort of unique threat being perpetrated on a viewing public that will be…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Best film of the year so far!