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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    ★★★★½

    The threads of Stagecoach can be seen in this more modern John Ford Western. The Joads take on the corporate bandits, hostile Californians, and corrupt police where the Wild West is alive and well thanks to the Depression.

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    ★★

    Now I just want to go dust off my old Hellboy comics. I'm sorry but del Toro really missed the signature aesthetic of the comic. I love the dark, shadow-laden frames of the books but here everything is lit like the Big Bang Theory. Let's try again with a different cinematographer?

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  • Heroin(e)

    Heroin(e)

    ★★★★

    Wonder Women.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    "Isn't it the same thing? Love and attention?"

    This is the crux of the film. Gerwig's first directed endeavor is about details, expressed and indescribable. Every moment seems to be hand built, brick by loving brick into a nice garden wall. Nothing grand, nor fancy but solid and lasting.