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  • Paris, Je T'Aime

    ★★★

  • Paris, Je T'Aime

    ★★★

  • Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★½

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  • Paris, Je T'Aime

    Paris, Je T'Aime

    Paris, Je T'Aime's uneven collection of vignettes ends on a sweet and wonderful note: Alexander Payne's contribution featuring Margo Martindale's endearing American tourist in the great city.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    I am giving it a like and three-star rating solely for Alana Haim's performance and for her character being so interesting. She well deserves all the acclaim she is getting. But after all the hype, I was pretty much underwhelmed by the movie, and at times bored, despite a few truly funny moments. A lot of the humor, such as the way the white restaurateur speaks to his Japanese girlfriends, was lame. I just couldn't get into the shaggy-ness of…

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    I have a question, particularly for people (like myself) who are from first- and second-generation ethnic-American families living in NYC's outer boroughs: Did the family seem more Italian-American than Greek-American?

    With my nit-picky question out of the way, there was a lot of great acting in this film, particularly by Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley who so believably play the same complicated character at different ages. It's great that the director, Maggie Gylenhaal, decided not to rely on make-up and prosthetics to transform an actor to look 20-years older or younger.

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★

    While the film has some good acting, exciting skating, and an engaging pace. the film's tone is uneven, not letting itself be totally comic yet still managing to present domestic violence for laughs in an offensive way. Also, the film fails to support what I would think is an intended theme of the movie, as expressed by Tonya in her final monologue: that there is no truth, that everyone has their own version of the truth. With the exception of…