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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★½

    This edition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST doesn't quite match the classic original, but it hits enough of the right notes to be, for the most part, satisfactory. Good cast, and they seem to be having a blast here.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★

    Great performance(s) by McAvoy but the entire time I was waiting for the film to make the jump from "very interesting" to "very good" and it never did. The ending twist was cool but felt more like an add-on than an actual part of the film.

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★★½

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

    HACKSAW RIDGE is directed by Mel Gibson, and of course it is. Who else would bring this story to the screen, and tell it so effectively?

    The film will likely have its detractors, but I'd find it hard to believe that anyone not drowning in cynicism could walk away unaffected by the incredible true story of Desmond Doss's refusal to compromise his convictions and the courage he displayed in the midst of horrendous brutality.

    I thought he made a fine…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle directs the hell out of LA LA LAND, and I'm not sure if anyone, ANYONE else, could've pulled it off like he has. The way he borrows from the past and incorporates nostalgia and specific nods to so many films and musicals while presenting it all in such a fresh and exciting way - it's simply amazing. The music, cinematography, production design, costume design, set decoration, choreography, etc. all exceeded my expectations while still complimenting each other to…