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  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

  • Last Christmas

  • Knives Out

    ★★★★★

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★½

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  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Well, I liked "Hill House" better (felt more emotionally/thematically grounded), but if they do a third series on a level with "Bly Manor", I am 10000% watching it.

  • Last Christmas

    Last Christmas

    I liked this movie. And I really don't like Christmas movies. (I avoid most Christmas stuff.) I watched it because Emilia Clarke + Emma Thompson + Paul Feig. Watching things for their components doesn't always work out, but in this case, I was rewarded on all counts. I didn't know any of the press lead-up to the film, so I didn't know there was going to be a twist, nor did I anticipate one. But I was waiting for *something*—because…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Now seen it twice. Loved it the first time through getting the reveals; loved it the second time through seeing how perfectly it tracked. Loved everything else about it both times. Just wonderful on so many levels. May return to this review to list specific praises. For now, just gushing.

    UPDATE: If you're into movie commentaries, I just (belatedly) found out that Rian Johnson released his "Knives Out" director's commentary (audio only), for free, here: knivesout.movie/#commentary
    It's really nice. He's…

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★½

    I loved it ^_^ Loved that, like the previous one, while it has fun action and effects and beautiful scenery, it's mainly a comedy of manners—these fantastic actors having a blast, getting to play with so much variety in and out of "types", and rocking it. At the same time, it WASN'T just a replica of the first one; the riffs and additions were inventive and fun.

    Main thing that impressed me, though, is the risk-taking/taboo-skirting cross-race casting and acting.…