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  • Speed Racer
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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★½

  • Paddington 2

    ★★★

  • John Wick

    ★★★★★

  • Crimson Tide

    ★★★

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  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Short version: This is a movie about Tilda Swinton telling herself a story in which Idris Elba is a character. There are no actual djinns in it, Tilda processes feelings through stories, and this movie is about her doing some serious introspection about if she's actually content, or if she's been ignoring the true desires of her heart. Failing to accept her desires will force her to drift through life, unseen and unheard.

    When I left the theater, I thought…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I got to see Princess Mononoke at the Cinerama today, and it was excellent. Besides it being on the big screen, with a full house, the subtitles were much improved from how I remember them when I saw it as a kid. That new perspective, plus a long walk to mull it over, helped me see some nuance in the symbolism that I had previously missed.

    Eboshi is progress. She's caring, but pragmatic. She lifts people up, but won't be…

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  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★

    It’s really hard to not process this as parody, with a Brian Reagan looking lead calling his 2-day-from-retirement partner a “righteous dude” and the absolutely bonkers choices everyone makes.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    …are we all movie Tylers?

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    As far as movies go, I’m mostly an ATJ. I care about what comes out on the plate, and how that impacts me. I care about how that meal works, and how it makes me feel. I don’t care about the equipment the chef uses, the rare ingredients they source, or their idiosyncratic process. When people talk about movies like that, my response is always “sure, they’re technically proficient… but what did they actually…

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  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As a movie, the Green Mile is far too long, and extremely basic. Every character is one-dimensional, and shows no growth or arc. The dramatic beats of the story are all over the place.

    Wild Bill, a character defined by his over the top need to be disruptive, constantly disappears whenever they want to have a quiet, heartfelt scene 10' in front of his cell.

    But the biggest issue, by far, is the message of the movie. An innocent black…

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★

    This is where they go to film all the Tool videos.