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  • The Best of Everything

    ★★½

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

  • Men

    ★★★★

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  • The Best of Everything

    The Best of Everything

    ★★½

    Impressively progressive with one line of dialogue and maddeningly retrograde the next, The Best of Everything induces whiplash when watched decades after its 1959 release. Based on a novel by Rona Jaffe and directed with pop-art flair by Jean Negulesco, the ensemble film centers around Caroline Bender (Hope Lange), a secretary at a New York City publishing company who rises through the ranks while watching her female coworkers fend off harassment and cruelty from the men around them. (Caroline has…

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    ★★★★★

    This is where Keaton completely comes together for me: the character-based humor, the physical gags, the action/adventure, the societal commentary, the emotional anchor.

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  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★★

    Dirk Calloway is really the only one here with a decent head on his shoulders.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★½

    We really didn't need another superhero movie after this.

    A few notes on this revisit:

    - Pulls no punches on the domestic trauma front. This is about a husband and father's real betrayal. That late-night fight between the parents is uncomfortably true to life.

    - "Tonyloaf"

    - Elastigirl caught in the series of doors is better than almost any superhero action sequence staged since.

    - "I never look back darling. It distracts from the now." (What does this mean for…