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  • Ernest Goes to Camp
  • Ernest Goes to Jail
  • Ernest Goes to Africa
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  • The Searchers

    ★★★★★

  • Wilson

    ★★

  • Moonage Daydream

    ★★★★

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★

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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    No Western inspires so much discussion, and ultimately that's reason enough for it to be in the conversation as an example of a treasure in celluloid form. I love Stagecoach, but the complexities that Wayne brings to his sociopathic portrayal of Ethan is what makes this special. I mean, it would still be a classic if he was a character in the vein of Ringo Kid, but his unbridled hatred of the Comanche makes him much more interesting.

    The theme…

  • Wilson

    Wilson

    ★★

    The worst part about Wilson is that the it thinks it's funny. Now and then a quip or joke lands, but the comedy is ultimately subservient to a banal fatherhood narrative which is a critical mistake for Craig Johnson and his picture. This had potential, because like the titular Wilson, I also yearn for a less smartphone-centric society, but the execution just isn't there.

    But we do get to see Laura Dern, one of the industry's best, sport an unforgettable tramp stamp. So there's that.

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  • Magical Girl

    Magical Girl

    ★★★½

    I guess the moral of the story is not letting your kids watch anime.

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★

    Hirokazu Koreeda hides his hand well. Under the guise of an emotionally dense story about what qualifies as true parenthood, Koreeda hides his disdain for the traditional Japanese cultural restrictions regarding fatherhood. Fortunately, nothing in this film rings false as he never loses his sight of the fact that his primary goal here is to make a good film. Like his earlier film Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son contains an emotional resonance that usually can only be inspired by…