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  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★★

    Everything I need to know I learned from the Beatles, Charles Schulz' Peanuts comic strip and Fred Rogers. Okay, and mom. So I was basically bawling from the opening credits through closing credits. The film avoids the pitfalls that commonly mar biopics by virtue primarily of...not being a biopic. This is not the story of the life of Fred Rogers. Which is a good thing. It's a family drama centering around the emotionally troubled journalist assigned to write a profile…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    A phantasmagoric ride through the weird and the wild, this film is a total assault on the senses. It's a study of the characters' (or one character's?) descent into madness. We don't know quite what's real or what's imaginary. But the characters don't know either, and that's the point. To put the viewer in that state of mind. The sound design and the music are incredible. The sound effects and music often meld together until you can't tell which is…

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  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

    ★★★½

    Fun to watch. Good mixture of established metal heavyweights alongside younger acts struggling to make their way. Ultimately a little shallow maybe, lacking the depth and weight of the first entry, but that's likely a product of the interview subjects and not the filmmakers. Filmmaking-wise, it's a well-done documentary, cut together nicely.

    Ozzy and Steven Tyler cut the most interesting figures. The Chris Holmes interview is the most jaw-dropping, of course. Not being much of a metal guy who follows these things, I had to Google him. Thankfully, he appears to be doing okay.

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★

    What a major disappointment. First off, I am not a Frozen hater. As someone who enjoys the first film very much, I had hopes the sequel would recapture at least some of the magic. Not so. From the get go, most everything here falls flat. The songs are terrible, except for one or two passable numbers. Olaf, an endearing and memorable creation in the first film, in this film is an altogether insufferable, obnoxious presence. Put off so completely in…