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  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    One of the gentler, sweeter Tarantino films ever (discounting maybe 5 minutes towards the end of the film?), it's more of a buddy film than anything. But it does feature many Tarantino traits such as revisionist history, a few gory scenes and some of his stock actors/scenes. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are both sensational as fading Hollywood actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double/gopher Cliff Booth. I wouldn't say this film is a re-telling of the Manson murders - it's more of a look at Hollywood in the late 1960's with a bit of the Manson/Sharon Tate story thrown in there as a sub-plot.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★

    Stellar animation elevates this film above many of the reviews I've seen. First off, the songs don't seem out of place for some reason. Secondly, since the original is now 25 years old, there are going to be entire generations who will know nothing of the original animated version, and they will grow up on this version instead. My biggest issue was some of the voices just aren't as good this time around - poor James Earl Jones is doing…

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  • Instant Family

    Instant Family

    ★★★★

    Heartwarming family comedy-drama about a couple that adopts three siblings from a foster care facility. Nothing earth-shattering new about it, but watching it on Easter Sunday with your family elevates it above a regular review.

  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    ★★★★★

    Totally unexpected, this is actually the first 5-star review I've given a movie on this site (admittedly I haven't reviewed a ton of films). Sure, the film has some stretches where you have to completely use your imagination to believe it, and I'm not sure I was thrilled about the Gremlin-like elves, but otherwise this film is perfect holiday fare. Kurt Russell rocks it as Santa (literally in one super cool scene which features a cameo from Steven Van Zandt).…