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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Graduate
  • Paris, Texas

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  • Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★½

  • Funny Games

  • Another Day at the Office

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  • Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★

    I’m sorry, this is a total mess in terms of delivery. Doesn’t at all feel like it was ever meant to be a comedy. It’s very much a genre film that feels  
    at odds with itself. Eddie Murphy’s charisma makes it worthy of a viewing, but I find the tone so off-putting. Also, the characterization of any side character is so plain, basic, and template. Maybe I’m asking too much of this film, but simply put, it’s neither funny…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★½

    A humanist portrait of a profoundly important man. Consistently engaging, and O’Toole’s performance is beautifully realized. Of course, the craft here is astonishing. It’s a classic for a reason, and holds up better than many epics of its era.

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★½

    Spectre is almost always an entertaining film, but its energy is eventually unable to overcome its flaws. It starts off with an absolute bang, and the film continues to work for the next hour or so. The more the conflict built upon itself, the less interested I became. The overall story is very poorly constructed, and the final segment of the movie is downright weak. The action is great, and it is always wonderful to see James Bond on screen,…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I'm in a state of reflection. I mean, wow, what a film! It's reasonably compelling, but with a quick gust of mighty wind, it blew me away. It goes to show how seemingly insignificant details can alter a film in a tremendous way, with a singular moment. Arrival is a true, thinking-man's science fiction film, and I haven't been this riveted by a film in what feels like ages.

    My only complaint? Story of Your Life is a better title.