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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★½

    First time rewatching since it came out. Still an enjoyable thrill ride, but it does feel like Nolan sacrifices the really big ideas in order to make us puzzle over the small ones. In the end, Inception is more about figuring out where the characters are at any one moment and whether they can escape, rather than about the philosophical underpinnings of dream states and the nature of reality.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    Better than the original, and almost certainly the most pleasant viewing experience of the year. Warm and fuzzy indeed.

    P.S. I would pay good money to see Paddington 3: The Bear and Knuckles Enter The Great British Bake-Off

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★½

    Is this the greatest screen saver ever made or what

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★½

    Extremely disappointing. How on Earth can you make a heist film this boring? The whole movie looks and sounds like it was made for a procedural on some third rate cable channel. (The scene transitions look like something out of a high school PowerPoint presentation.)

    The audience in my (packed) screening laughed three or four times during the whole running time. That is not nearly enough for a supposedly fun heist flick. Some of the minor characters are fun. Rihanna…