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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★

    Significantly lacking in plot. Is the camp on purpose? Who knows. A bunch of civilian characters with some fun potential side-lined for some standard issue soldiers to maim and murder. John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, and Corry Hawkins are all good ideas wasted. Samuel L. Jackson is the height of campy fun, Tom Hiddleston is a black hole (why is he even in this film?), the 70s aesthetics are fun but it boils down to this: if you'll enjoy two hours of cartoon monsters killing each other in gruesome ways, you'll like this.

  • Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened...

    Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened...

    ★★★

    An uneven but still moving chronicle of the life of Merrily We Roll Along. The aces archival footage makes this a must-see for Sondheim fans but the screening I attended featured cast members who were not particularly featured in the film and their stories made me wonder if Price's interviews were wide enough. Not many of the involved persons' interviews are featured, and the film is quite spotty at identifying who the people speaking are. It becomes hard to follow between the contemporary people and their 1981 selves. But there are some moments that really connect, and the use of the cast recording is really wonderful.

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely one of the best because of the killer score here. Fred and Ginger are on point, as always, but Jerome Kern and Doroty Fields provide them some truly memorable songs in this one. I love that it seems to be snowing through the whole film. I love their performance of 'A Fine Romance'. I love the costumes. I love Victor Moore. I love that together their names make 'lucky penny'. I can't decide how I feel about that Bojangles number, but nine out of ten ain't bad.

  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★½

    No, you're crying.