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  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★

    I have seen the first two movies about five times each (obviously), but I just never had any interest in sitting down with this one. Its reputation is middling, certainly, but beyond that it just always seemed like the definition of a movie that had no reason to exist. Parts I and II tell you everything you need to know, and any pitch for a potential Part III seemed like it would be "and then some more stuff happens."

    And,…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    Second watch over the weekend. Stealth MVP of this viewing was Michael Shannon, who chooses the best possible delivery for every line. Also, Ana de Armas is even more remarkable in this than I remembered—she spends the entire movie playing essentially five emotions at once, all leading to that final moment which is just *chef's kiss.*

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    ★★½

    Every once in a while you see a movie's title, director and premise, and you think you know exactly what it is going to be. And then it is that. Tom Hooper's direction continues to be prestige-y but cold and awkward, and overall I never felt particularly engaged with the story he was trying to tell.

    Performances are good, though. Redmayne will get the attention, but it's Vikander who gives this movie whatever energy it's able to muster.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

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

    Did not expect to like it more the second time, and yet here we are. I think movies like this might actually play better when you're no longer constantly worried about what will happen next. Viewing #1 you find yourself invested in each story development, which isn't exactly this movie's strong suit. Viewing #2 you let the experience happen to you a bit more, and you find little subtleties in the universe, the performances, and the rather effective ways Abrams…