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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★½

    Part of Disney: (Re)Visiting the Canon.

    Coco gave me a jolt that I wasn't expecting, and certainly the biggest of the animated cinema kind since I left the theatre enamoured by Frozen's creative dismantling of an Andersen tale five years ago. Here, it's a case of how impressively the filmmakers open up what is essentially a holiday movie (in a way that Love, Actually did so charmingly, and conversely, in a way that New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day so…

  • Boxing Helena

    Boxing Helena

    ½

    Unwatchable. Abandoned at the thirty minute mark, but I've already seen so/too much.

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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.