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  • Back to the Future
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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  • The Reef: Stalked

    ★★

  • The Sea Beast

    ★★★★

  • On My Mind

    ★★½

  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

    ★★½

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★★

    Crowd pleasing fun and deeply poignant.

    Released in December of 2021, the 27th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe should immediately recoup its $200 million dollar budget as it shatters pandemic-era box office records. This is nothing new for the character, as Spider-Man has featured in four of the 14 opening-weekend record holders in the last 20 years. Sam Raimi's original film from 2002 was, rather famously, the first to break $100 million in a single weekend.

    I should know,…

  • Springsteen On Broadway

    Springsteen On Broadway

    ★★★★★

    Emotional and brilliant.

    A year after yet another globe-trotting tour concluded, Bruce Springsteen changed the game by doing something he had never before: hold a steady job. His 14-month residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre was met with rave reviews, packed houses, and high ticket prices. Try as I might - even after winning the 'ticket lottery' - I wasn't able to secure (let alone afford) seats to any of the 300+ shows in the tiny Broadway venue. Had I…

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  • The Reef: Stalked

    The Reef: Stalked

    The Bernard Herman inspired score does its best to liven up tension in this familiar genre flick... but it's a rote experience we've literally seen a hundred times before. The all female cast deals with PTSD from a murder in the cold-open and some familial drama - but their characters are not particularly compelling beyond guessing who will be attacked next.

    I will say that the VFX for the shark is pretty commendable. A micro-budget Asylum picture this isn't. A disappointing and disconnected follow-up to its namesake, "The Reef: Stalked" still delivers a few fleeting thrills with its small-scale premise. I thought it was MEH...

  • The Sea Beast

    The Sea Beast

    ★★★★

    Gorgeous and colorful animation combined with accessible and worthwhile themes all wrapped inside a compelling story with fascinating world-building. My 4-year-old and I really liked this one. Where can I buy a plushie of "blue?"

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…