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  • Tuff Turf

    Tuff Turf

    ★★

    Cartoonish teen drama that plays out as an amalgamation of every 80s music video mashed together. Synthesizers, big hair, electric drums, and no less than 5 rock/dance scenes rule the day, which might make for a fun experience, if not an unintentional comedy. Unfortunately, the film takes itself much too seriously, culminating in a bloody fight to the death by the two alphas. Tuff turf, indeed. 
    James Spader is always great, and even as a young actor here he shows…

  • Trolls

    Trolls

    ★★★½

    A celebration of fun, an explosion of color, and a tribute to music, this is a delightful film. While it doesn’t attempt to scour the philosophical depths of happiness and sadness, the story does make meaningful contributions to the conversation. It espouses a simple premise and retains a childlike perspective, but a relevant one nonetheless, since these are lessons we learn in adolescence and often forget in adulthood. On the surface it seems that everything is just dance-partied away, but…

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  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon

    ★★★★½

    Amazing how much emotion can be conveyed and elicited through such a simple object. I was fully invested in this little journey, as it has an extraordinary connection to childhood. Oh the wonder of youth; giving life to inanimate objects, feeling love and affection from toys, protecting our secret world of imagination from those corrupted by reality and adulthood. 
    What a lovely score. What brilliant visuals. The bright red balloon, full of life and wonder, contrasted with the greys and…

  • Sullivan's Travels

    Sullivan's Travels

    ★★★★★

    Delightful, thought-provoking, and timeless, this film succeeds on all levels. The film’s comedy is entertaining, though the message about comedy itself is profound. I’ve always been drawn to the power of humor, as it has that special, almost supernatural ability to uplift and charm, even in the midst of suffering. This spontaneous enjoyment of a joke or observation is one of the true pleasures of life. It may last for a brief moment, but in that moment we experience joy.…