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  • Casting JonBenet

    Casting JonBenet

    ★★★½

    At once enigmatic and intimate, this is a fine example of postmodern documentary cinema by never really focusing on the crime's history directly, only revealing it through confessional interviews with potential actors hoping to play a part in the drama of it all. I was surprised by moments of humor, though the film is certainly a weighty one, and the sadness of it all feels inescapable. Lots of questions and theories, with few answers for our fixation on evil's existence.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★

    I really had little idea what was happening or why it mattered. With Lin's constantly moving camera and the all-CGI environments, the action felt frantic while the stakes felt remarkably low. Perhaps this would have been more engaging seen in theaters a year ago when it was released. Still, Chris Pine is great.

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  • 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.

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Second viewing. It's still wonderful.