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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    The likelihood that this will be in my top 5 films of 2018 = 100%.

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★★

    The best parts about this movie are the parts that have basically nothing to do with the premise of this movie. It's one of the rare times when the off-beat improv style that has come to dominate modern comedy is balanced well with the high concept.

    A few of the highlights of dialogue:

    "Your eyes tell the story, Charlotte."
    "What about...a tribe of asparagus children, and they're self-conscious about the way their pee smells?"
    "Six-inch ribbon curls, honey. Six.........inches."
    "You…

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  • The Rocketeer

    The Rocketeer

    ★★★★

    "How did it feel, strapping that thing to your back and flying like a bat out of hell?"

    "Well, it's the closest I'll ever get to heaven, Mr. Hughes."

    What an exciting, uncynical, legitimately fun this movie still is, 22 years after the fact.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    I think that maybe the best part of this incredible film is Jon Brion's drum-heavy build-up to the phone call between Sandler and PSH. It knows how explosive the call is, and it knows how explosive we want the call to be.

    My God, what a movie.