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  • 1941

    1941

    ★★

    Safe to say this is not Spielberg’s best film about WW2.  So much wrong with this.  It feels like a comedy made by someone who doesn’t understand how comedy works.  The end result is aesthetically pleasing but fails to engage the audience in story or character.  Slapstick and histrionics were a bad choice, and that tone undermines any good will you may feel toward the performers or the filmmaker.  I went in expecting a bad movie, and that’s what I got!

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    What a fantastic movie! Lemmon and MacLaine are just delightful. The pacing and structure of the story are spot on. The whole thing is just oozing warmth and charisma. I loved how dark the movie was able to get while retaining this unique sense of whimsy and innocence. I was charmed.

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    The timeless story of a bear and his aunt.  Great movie.  Really great.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    What a ride!  This movie is masterful at building and sustaining tension.  Sandler delivers his best performance ever.