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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    Mandarin Pixie Dream Girls.

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★½

    An act of genius-level comic film editing sustained at such a high pitch for 121 minutes that it is exhilarating and ultimately exhausting. I watch this movie with my thumb on the "Pause" button just so I can replay certain moments to try and track the number of jokes being cleverly set up, delivered, or unexpectedly expanded upon.

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    b) about women, and
    c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Wow. I am not exaggerating. That was one of the most exhilarating moviegoing experiences of my lifetime. 

    CAUTION: Read as little as possible about the specifics of this film. In particular — if you want one of the year's best surprises — avoid any list of voice actors for this film. There's a voice that shows up just over halfway through that made me laugh out loud for joy and the sheer audacity of the decision. Save as many big…