Max Hechtman

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Favorite films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Fabelmans
  • Les Misérables
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Tenet

    ★★★★

  • Les Misérables

    ★★★★★

  • Whiplash

    ★★★★½

  • Navalny

    ★★★★★

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    I watch this film each and every Christmas Eve as a tradition my dad carried on until his death from 9/11-related acute leukemia in 2010, and it still stands the test of time. Christmas movie or not, we can all relate to George Bailey (James Stewart) and the struggles, successes and sacrifices that the characters go through during the film and the final scene, considered one of the greatest happy endings ever, showcases the relevant theme of friendship, community ("No man's a failure who has friends."). A definitive classic that can never be duplicated. Highly recommended.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

    When Steven Spielberg’s name comes to mind, this is one of the films that gets brought up seconds early before the others. As the titular alien befriends Elliott, a young and lonely boy who, with the help of his younger sister and older brother, helps “E.T. Phone Home” and return to space all while avoiding the US government from standing in their way, we witness one of cinema’s most beloved friendships that touched millions around the world when it came out…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    2024 IMAX RE-RELEASE (DIGITAL)

    After being affected by a global pandemic that prevented many from going into theaters to see it in 2020, Christopher Nolan's modern cult film Tenet has returned to IMAX for some redemption with audiences. My 4 stars are specifically for Christopher Nolan and Hoyte Van Hoytema's craftsmanship, cinematography and visual effects, all of which make this a big screen experience that can only be experienced in this format. Minus a star for the sound mix, which…

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★★★

    2024 DOLBY CINEMA RE-RELEASE

    Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?
    Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
    Do you hear the people sing? Say, do you hear the distant drums?
    It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes!

    Seeing one of my favorite movie musicals of all time on the big screen once again 12 years after seeing it when it came out on opening…

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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    Movies are dreams that you never forget.

    Spielberg has done it again, giving us his most personal film yet in the form of a coming-of-age story based loosely on his adolescence. In it, we witness 16 year old Sammy Fabelman (played by a perfectly cast Gabriel LaBelle in a performance that will define his career) navigate his way through many challenges some of us may have faced in our lives, such as parental divorce, school bullying, among other things, in…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    Rewatch at home for Christmas Day/last night of Hanukkah (coincidental because of the Hanukkah montage). All the emotion, joy and love that Spielberg, the cast and crew put into making this masterpiece still shines at home just like how it did on the big screen. Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Judd Hirsch will all be nominated for Oscars. Plus, Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: PLEASE nominate Gabriel LaBelle for Best Actor. His performance as young filmmaker Sammy…