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  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★½

  • Murders in the Zoo

    ★★★

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  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★½

    Adrift in Time

    One of the consistent problems with this movie for a lot of people is that it never really feels like either a current movie or a '90s movie--it's trying very hard to be a '90s action movie, and there are certainly a few story beats and so forth that feel that way, but there's also a lot of moments where it's clear that it's a modern movie made for modern sensibilities. (And as someone who graduated from…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    Being Evil Makes You Break Out In Eye Makeup

    I managed to go into this movie with basically no knowledge of what was happening in advance. I mean, I was fully caught up on MCU--I need to watch Ms. Marvel, but that's not relevant to this movie--but I had encountered no spoilers. I even missed at least one trailer, it seems, because I didn't know that one of the main characters was making her debut in it. Obviously I knew…

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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Another Lost Father Figure

    Dear Roger,

    It's not like you'd be surprised it wasn't nominated. I think we could have shared a grim smile, if you'd still been able to smile. No, of course Steve James wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Feature for this, even though it's better than Finding Vivian Maier. Leaving aside that there seems to always be one mediocre film nominated in the category, every year, we could share a grumble about Hoop Dreams. If you'd still…

  • The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

    The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

    ★★★★½

    Exile

    I'm always slightly ashamed when movies take place during events I know nothing about. I get the slight dodge here of having it happen before my lifetime, but I'd have to do a fair amount of reading to fully understand the political events that form the background of this film. I know that this is smack in the middle of the Cold War. I know that it's from an era where much of Central and South America was run…