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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    Part of Disney: (Re)Visiting the Canon.

    There's very little to say about Beauty that hasn't been said before, but it's superlative upon superlative. In a nutshell, it is the Disney Renaissance distilled into a single film: masterful animation (courtesy of CAPS), legendary music, and an artistic direction that is to me that much more evocative in the context of Howard Ashman's passing. A pillar of Disney studios, American animation and musical cinema all in one fell swoop.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★½

    Part of Disney: (Re)Visiting the Canon.

    As I move through the seemingly endless Disney canon, I imagine there will be no other film more difficult for me to reevaluate than Toy Story, a technological marvel and a universally loved beginning to an even more universally loved franchise -- and one that I never cared a lick about.

    It is objectively a great piece of cinema. Not only is it the very first computer-animated feature film or whatever you call it,…

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  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    An unrateable movie. I'll give it one star, but it might as well be five.

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★★½

    Really impressed with this one, the second time even more than the first (I guess the three-act split sort of threw me off the first time). Anyway, Cooper and Gosling are Oscar-worthy here, and Mendes milks her underwritten part for all that it's worth. The third story is a bit underwhelming, but all in all it is a sweeping classical tragedy dressed up in gritty contemporary circumstances.