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  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★

    Part of Disney: (Re)Visiting the Canon.

    It's... a modest success? I don't know, it could have been the flight, or something, but I certainly did not have the kind of rapturous reaction most have.

  • Brave

    Brave

    ★★

    Part of Disney: (Re)Visiting the Canon.

    One star for the gorgeous, awe-inspiring backgrounds. Seriously, I want to make love to Scotland as rendered by the CGI gods of Pixar. The animation here matches the heights of something like Sleeping Beauty, which for my money is one of the absolute peaks of Disney animation and American cinema.

    Another star for the voice cast. Between Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and, sure, Kevin McKidd, this is an all-around classy…

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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.