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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    One of the better compliments you could give John Krasinski's work on "A Quiet Place" is that he makes everything look way easier than it actually is. This is a movie that almost entirely commits to its central conceit—a couple minor cheats are probably inevitable—and spends much of its time setting up dominoes before knocking them down in impressively terrifying fashion. The fact that it's able to throw some really effective emotional beats in there is no small feat, either.…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★½

    Having trouble putting my finger on why watching this mostly just bummed me out. In many ways, it's as dark a movie as Wes Anderson has ever made—which is saying something!—and seems like it should provide the same thrill as "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Alas, it never gets there, as beautiful as it us. While I laughed a handful of times, I mostly walked out of this movie in a state of discomfort.

    And, ultimately, it is hard to ignore the…

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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…