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  • Chinatown
  • Brazil
  • Jurassic Park
  • The White Ribbon

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  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

  • North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

  • Moon Knight

    ★★★

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    I will never get over '50s critics and audiences so failing to get this movie that Charles Laughton never directed a second film. A lot of bad things happened during this decade, but that . . . was certainly one of them. Every performer is just absolutely crushing it, the entire production design is glorious, the cinematography divine . . . It just blows me away every time. Robert Mitchum, of course, is just iconic here, but Lillian Gish . . . I somehow always forget just how good she is in this. Amazing.

  • The Show Girl

    The Show Girl

    ★★★

    Had no idea "Love Actually" stole practically its only good subplot off of a 100-year old melodrama.

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  • Dinosaur

    Dinosaur

    The original plan for Dinosaur was to make it without any dialogue, a bold and innovative idea that was apparently not marketable enough for nervous Disney executives. The film opens with a stunning sequence that seamlessly combines gorgeous live-action backdrops with computer-generated dinosaur characters set to a pulse-pounding orchestral score. Then the characters start talking and the magic abruptly departs, replaced with a predictable plot and a distinct lack of thrills.

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    ★★★★½

    This is technically a “package” film, composed of 3 previously-released segments all featuring A.A. Milne’s beloved characters, but it all hangs together so naturally that one would never really think of it that way. Certainly none of the package films of the ’40s have anything resembling the charm of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Tigger, and the rest. If this movie has a flaw, it’s in being too short, and watching it is very much like curling up under a fuzzy blanket.