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  • By Right of Birth

    By Right of Birth

    I really can't rate this film based on the surviving four minutes, but what remains looks fascinating and makes it clear how much we've lost of our film heritage.

  • Wonder Man

    Wonder Man

    ★★★

    A little Danny Kaye goes a long way in my reckoning. While this film can be entertaining at times, it does nothing to convince me that Kaye rarely plays anything other than the same character in all of his movies, even in this film where he plays (supposedly) diametrically opposite twins. Maybe my attitude will change after watching the other Kaye films in the Criterion Channel bundle. At least, I hope so.

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    How many movies can you watch with a great fat silly grin on your face throughout?

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Every once in a while, actually quite rarely, a new film comes along that reminds me just how powerful the art of cinema can be. Yes, movies can be entertaining, or they can distract you from your worries for a couple of hours. Or films can be a window to a world you don't know or a mirror to one that you're all too familiar with. They can speak to universal truths and connect you emotionally to the lives of…