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  • The Sunset Limited

    The Sunset Limited

    ★★★★★

    Utterly riveting! Cormac McCarthy's words in the form of a debate on the nature of life, death, and God in the mouths of Black (Samuel L. Jackson), an ex-con believer, and White (Tommy Lee Jones--also the director), a suicidal atheist professor, grabbed my attention from the very first sentence and left me stunned when the conversation ended approximately 90 minutes later. The film is based on a McCarthy play, which given the one-room setting is to be expected, but it…

  • A Terrible Night

    A Terrible Night

    ★½

    I want to give him slack for being one of the earliest films, but this one lacks imagination other than making the spider over-sized.

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    Believe the hype, folks. A Quiet Place is one of the best acted, smartest written, remarkably family affirming, heart-wrenching, heart-stoppingly intense experiences you'll have at the movies. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt knocked this one out of the park.

    The strong family dynamics, precise and elaborate tension building, and intense emotional cost make John Krasinski's directorial effort much more than just another scary movie with cheap thrills. He makes us care deeply for every member of this family and their…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Rarely does a movie make me feel with the intensity that La La Land did. Damien Chazelle deftly weaves the language of film and music into a beautiful tapestry like I've never seen before. Despite the many nods to classic films and musicals, this is a musical for a new era where life is a lot harder, and everything has a cost, including your dreams.

    Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were phenomenal. I felt everything their characters felt, from the…