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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    The adaptation's a little too faithful to sustain a cinematically tight story, there's still a lot to admire in the sheer, uninhibited folly of the whole thing, the gall to get groovy.

    Joaquin Phoenix is perfectly cast as the perpetually befuddled Doc, a private detective of sorts who immerses himself in pot in the Los Angeles of 1970.

    Had Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” actually been released in 1970, instead of just being set in the unsteady Southern California of…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    This is an origin story, globe-trotting spy thriller and fantasy, all in one. The movie manages to be part of, but something completely different than, the Marvel superhero movies that came before.

    Coogler is a young filmmaker - this is just his third feature, following "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed" (two fine and very different films) - but he marshals this world with confidence and flair. He builds a thrilling, exciting world, and threads throughout it a story filled with pathos…

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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★

    There is no film... EVER... that has made me think and made me feel and made me question like “Magnolia”. It made me laugh and cry and squirm and giggle with nervous laughter. I sit here getting goosebumps at the tenderness of Philip Seymour Hoffman. In addition to Hoffman you get great acting from Tom Cruise, Melora Walters, Philip Baker Hall, Jason Robards and John C. Reilly.

    It’s a massive screenplay, but it’s one of Anderson’s best. Jon Brion’s continual…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Edgar Wright's “Baby Driver” is one of the most entertaining thrill rides of this year, this decade.

    It's a real treat to see such a fantastic cast bounce off one another like they do here.