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  • Father of the Bride

    Father of the Bride

    ★★★★

    Spencer Tracy is so impossibly good in this that it would be easy to miss Liz Taylor’s excellence and meanwhile Joan Bennett is standing by letting those two have their day while she quietly, precisely makes the role a person.

    The martini scene on its own is so fantastic, both as a gag and as a character point, that I’m surprised I can’t think of more films copying it.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★

    It took me four nights to watch this because I kept falling asleep during this alternately dull and chuckle-inducing neonstrosity.

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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)

    What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.

    An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    Aaron Sorkin demands that at each moment you recognize exactly how intelligent he is. Every turn of phrase, overlapped sentence, and twist in the argument screams to be heard as written by Aaron Sorkin. The obvious problem with wanting people to know just how intelligent you are is that people will find out just how intelligent you are. One surmises that everything Sorkin has contemplated in relation to technology, online/offline, class, social hierarchies, elitism is right there in the script,…