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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★

    I found myself falling squarely into the camp that still loves to quote and reference this movie, but who gets very fatigued after the first 30 minutes or so. While the Jackie Treehorn drawing and Donny eulogy are great moments, I can only watch so many trippy LSD flashback-inspired musical numbers, Maude Lebowski monologues, and Walter Sobchak freakouts before starting to get restless.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★★

    Some really striking visuals, but the book’s themes are alternately blunted by anonymous CG action filler and lost in rambling monologues that culminate in motivational quotes. For whatever reason—the dialogue, performances, and pacing stand out the most—the movie only works in fits and starts before making a weird tonal choice here or taking an inexplicable narrative leap there (There’s a really nice expository montage in the middle of the film that’s so nicely shot and edited, but I was quickly…

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  • Philomena

    Philomena

    ★★★★

    A compelling, devastating, and twisted true story about a former Magdalene girl trying to find her long-lost son. Judy Dench is poignant and often hilarious as the chatty and provincial Philomena, who easily could have slipped further into characterture in less capable hands. Coogan has some nice scenes throughout that transcend the familiar trappings of the skeptical, depressed, and put-upon journalist trying to resurrect his career. The screenplay is a bit too efficient and on-the-nose at times, and even though…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★½

    Guinness World Record holder for most metaphors used to say pretty much the same thing over and over and over again. It's impressive technically (particularly in the last 20 minutes), but it's so monotonous and one note on a character and thematic level that being shotgun in the face with the overarching allegory in its third act feels like diminishing returns instead of elevating and crystalizing what came before [C].