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  • Back to the Future
  • Batman
  • Fantasia
  • Groundhog Day

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  • Life with Mikey

    ★★★½

  • War Horse

    ★★★★

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★★½

  • Weird Science

    ★★★

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    What can be said about this film that hasn't been already? In my opinion, this is about as close to perfect as filmmaking can get, from the screenplay, in which there are so many "payoffs" from the first half to the second, to the fabulous score by Alan Silvestri, to the great performances across the board. Michael J Fox was never more fun, watchable, and charismatic. Crispin Glover was put to great use in this film and was sadly never…

  • Fantasia

    Fantasia

    I'll start this off by saying that I believe this is Disney's masterpiece. Snow White kicked it off in terms of feature-length films and Pinocchio refined the consistency of character, plot, and artistry throughout a narrative, but Fantasia truly is the best of the three. The film is daring, experimental, beautiful, scary, moving, and above all, it is a work of art. This, in my opinion, is the apex of Walt Disney's career in producing animation. He had other highs…

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  • Life with Mikey

    Life with Mikey

    ★★★½

    Despite a lack of strong character development for Mikey, the performance by Christina Vidal really makes this work. Nathan Lane is fun in his supporting role and there are some nice heartwarming moments involving the father character. 

    Alan Menken is an amazing talent, but he unfortunately over-scored this movie within an inch of its life, although the closing song with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz is quite good.

  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★★★

    This is the closest Steven Spielberg has come so far to making a John Ford movie.

    There are some breathtaking and glorious shots in this, particularly the scene where Joey is running across the trenches, the cavalry charge into machine gun fire, and the shots of the Dartmoor countryside. Also, who knew plowing a field could be so cinematically exciting?

    This could have been a tighter 2 hours and it felt a bit unfocused at times, but I understand the…

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  • Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    When I was a kid, this was one of the first movies in which I realized the brilliance of the filmmaking, from writing to directing, in a film that on the surface seems like a standard studio comedy from the early 90s. I absolutely adore this film and am always glad that it finally gets the recognition it deserves from audiences of all kinds.

    Watch it. Watch it again. Watch it again. Watch it again.

    Repeat.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★★

    Pete Docter has always been my second favorite of the Pixar directors, after Brad Bird, and he did not disappoint here.

    In many of the studio’s films, the humor of the supporting characters undermines the profundity of the cinematic poetry that the filmmaker had been trying to create in establishing the world, the story, and the themes. This was, for me, what prevented Inside Out and Up, just to name two of Docter’s other films, from being truly great. 

    This,…