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  • Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    ★★★★½

    Well, it’s Groundhog Day. Again.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    Not everything in this film works, and it wouldn’t make a lick of sense to a viewer who has not done the “homework” of watching previous movies, but the parts of it that do work are an extraordinary magic trick. A significant improvement on Infinity War and a very satisfying conclusion to an era in blockbuster history.

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  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★

    Marlon Brando’s absence looms over THE GODFATHER: PART II, one of those sequels that is often touted as being superior to the original. For my money it falls short of that lofty claim, but remains a compelling work of art: Exquisitely directed throughout and finely acted in many parts. The flashback segments in particular, featuring a young Robert De Niro as a young Vito Corleone, are as strong as the original film; the “present-day” storyline, however, suffers from a lack…

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★½

    HUSTLERS is a well-acted and directed crime dramedy that takes a bit too long to get going, but once the caper finally starts the rest of the movies sails smoothly. I was impressed, but not surprised, by Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu’s lead performances; what was surprising was the level of polish on this movie’s sound mixing, a facet of filmmaking that often gets short shrift in non-action non-war movies. I also was not surprised to see Adam McKay’s name in the producer credits — as a meditation on greed, this would make a good double feature with McKay’s best film, The Big Short.