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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    On this day thirty years ago, audiences were treated to an adaptation of the 1966 Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" from RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven. Total Recall had spent quite an amount of time in development hell, where the original screenplay was written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett before they went on to become the writers of Alien (1979) and the project passed from studio to studio for several years, during which…

  • Finding Nemo

    Finding Nemo

    ★★★★★

    Hard to believe it's been a full seventeen years since Pixar Animation Studios released Finding Nemo, which would become their first film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The inspiration for the film sprang from multiple experiences, including one from A Bug's Life co-director Andrew Stanton's childhood when he loved going to the dentist to see the fish tank and assumed that the fish were from the ocean and wanted to go home. In early 1997 when…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Last year saw the release of Uncut Gems, brought to us by the directing duo of Josh and Benny Safdie, which went on to become A24's highest-grossing film domestically and earned critical acclaim for its propulsive, audacious act of balancing gritty drama with sudden bursts of frantic comedy. Adam Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jeweler and gambling addict who runs a jewelry store in New York City's Diamond District called KMH. Struggling to pay off gambling debts, including $100,000…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It’s no surprise Guardians of the Galaxy wowed audiences after its release, so of course a sequel was granted to continue the ongoing adventures of these unlikely heroes. James Gunn returns as director and writer, this time having full creative control on what he wanted these characters to go through on their next journey and made it colorful, idiosyncratic, and all around goofy while retaining the right amount of drama. After rewatching it on Blu-ray today, it's not as fresh…