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  • Ocean's Thirteen

    Ocean's Thirteen

    ★★½

    "This is why revenge jobs don't work, Daniel."
    "It's just one thing too many."
    "And besides, you don't run the same gag twice. You run the next gag."

    Sometimes the film writes the review for itself.

  • Ocean's Twelve

    Ocean's Twelve

    ★★★½

    The final shot is a freeze-frame of a woman laughing, the darkly vibrant colors melding together via motion blur, a snapshot of pure delight. It's the perfect encapsulation of this film's ethos as a breezy, character-driven comedy. If its predecessor was the cool popular kid, this film is the class clown with a perfect GPA. And Europe > Vegas.

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  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    Ballet is an art form I've rarely enjoyed and can only appreciate as an outsider to the craft. Yet this...this is pure cinema. Simply fantastic. This was my first viewing of The Red Shoes. It won't be the last.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Every time I've watched this movie, my wife and I have had a wonderful conversation afterward about love, vocation, and commitment. It's the same themes and ideas every time--even the same conflicts or quibbles about characters and the meaning of the ending--but, in its own lovely way, it still feels fresh and restorative.

    This is a good film.