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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    I lived 8th grade three times, once as a kid and once each as the father of a daughter and son. This movie is in turn devastating and optimistic, and the father in me just wanted to hold Kayla and not let go, even as I knew this would not work.  

    All parents of 10 year olds should be required to watch this film, and all middle school teachers/counselors/officials.

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    ★★★★

    Outstanding film about family, integrity, honesty, honor, and how hard all of that is to maintain.  Reminiscent of The Godfather, and Isaac and Chastain act the hell out of these roles.

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★½

    Somehow I have missed this for 32 years. All of the 1.5 stars are for the visual effects of the fighter jets, which really hold up well. The acting, the dialog, and the plot were all pretty poor, and the 1980s styling -- many of the scenes are drown out by painful Kenny Loggins songs -- do not hold up at all in 2018.

  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    ★★★★

    A stunning real-time portrait of men (all men, alas) dealing with an historical crisis with maturity, care, and competence. As such I felt a sadness and melancholy about where we are now.