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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Idiosyncratic and unwilling to conform to any single style, tone, or genre -- and extremely compelling as a result.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    A more than worthy addition to and expansion of the high school/coming of age movie with pitch perfect performances throughout.

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  • Unbroken

    Unbroken

    ★★

    How'd they take the story of a guy who was in the Berlin Olympics, served as a bombardier in WWII, survived 40-something days in a life raft after crashing into the ocean plus years as a POW in Japanese custody, and manage to make it so incredibly boring?

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A beautiful looking and sounding movie with much else about it that is also impressive and/or enjoyable, but there are certainly some missteps, too:

    - didn't need that fight in the water near the end
    - not sure that bait and switch works as well as intended
    - Jared Leto's dialogue is tiresome (a problem of scripting, not performance)