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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    I gave "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" a 1-star rating for being dour, gray, hazy and ugly to watch.

    Godzilla vs. Kong is the exact opposite! Colorful, fun and over the top from start to finish. Hollow earth, conspiracies, anti gravity, a magic axe, robots, and more.

    My favorite kaiju movie since the original Kong.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    I recognize myself in Frances McDormand's character. Nomadland is a study in loneliness, oftentimes as a reaction to life's challenges. Although she is surrounded by people they are unable to connect for various reasons.

    It's a small drama that feels almost like a documentary at times with a variety of talking heads. Yet it’s easy to read the deep emotions below the surface. 

    The best movie of the year, folks!

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    With all due respect to the Claude Rains' 1933 original and Kevin Bacon's HOLLOW MAN... "Surprise!" There's a new definitive version.

    Leigh Whannell's idea to reinvent THE INVISIBLE MAN as a #MeToo parable that says we need to listen to women is a stroke of genius.

    Plus,
    All (!) The (!) Characters (!) Are (!) Smart (!)

    Only a few contrivances keep the film from greatness, e.g. you can't wash paint off that fast.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    There's a moment in The Force Awakens when R2-D2 "wakes up" for no reason except it's what needs to happen for a cheap, fist-pumping story beat.

    Now expand that to 2 1/2 hours and you have Rise of Skywalker.