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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★

    My new full-time job may not have much to do with movies, but I'm still managing to work cinephilia into it, as evidenced by the blurb about The Iron Giant I wrote for this listicle about animated movies that ought to become musicals. So thank you, TheaterMania, for finally giving me a reason to catch up with this great Brad Bird animated film, one that accomplished the rare feat of having me near tears at its climax.

  • Planetarium

    Planetarium

    ★★

    What a bunch of promising ideas...and what a mess!

    I reviewed this all-over-the-place Rebecca Zlotowski film for Paste here.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    Going into finally seeing this classic screwball comedy for the first time ever, I knew I was in for fast-paced dialogue and endlessly fresh verbal wit. The film certainly didn't disappoint on those fronts. Rarely have I seen a movie so brilliantly demonstrate the possibility of dialogue as pedal-to-the-metal action; I'm still reeling from having all that overlapping dialogue blast into my face for such a sustained period of screen time, especially in its second half!

    I hadn't, however, expected…