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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    I liked it more than I expected to.

    Although I still have problems with the fundamental choices made for this sequel trilogy -- in particular the decision to render the original trilogy heroes into broken, sad-eyed failures -- Mark Hamill has never turned in a better on-screen performance than he does here, and I was ultimately satisfied with his character's arc. Similarly, Carrie Fisher recovered some of her old sparkle that was missing in The Force Awakensmoments; I am saddened…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    ★★★½

    The final chapter of the Potter saga is basically one long running battle, and I imagine it'd be virtually incomprehensible to someone who hadn't seen the previous films. But then, of course, by this point in a series like this, the movies are being made for fans only. I was only a casual HP fan, so I can't say what the truly hardcore think of this one, but I was satisfied by how it all turns out, and genuinely moved…

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  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

    Richard Linklater is a master of movies that appear to have no plot and seem to be about nothing but which nevertheless capture... something. A moment, a feeling, an experience, the ineffable things that actually comprise a life. Like his masterful Before trilogy and Dazed and Confused (to which this film is a spiritual sequel if not a direct continuation), Everybody is a shapeless, messy amble through a constrained period of time in which nothing in particular really happens, but…

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★★½

    The one horror film I have to watch every year. I love the spooky ghost-story atmosphere, and the authenticity of the town of Antonio Bay and its inhabitants. I'm always impressed by how characters who are sketched only in the broadest of terms -- three good old boys drinking beer on a fishing boat, for example -- nevertheless feel like living, breathing people that we know. And the "bad guys," the zombie leper sailors, are far more sympathetic than the…