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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★

    For the first hour, I was convinced that 90s me was right that this thing was an overrated rehash of other, better films. The domestic stuff is boilerplate, the dialogue mundane, the first robbery competent but unexceptional, Pacino unhinged and the De Niro/Brenneman romance absurd.

    And then it got really really really great.

    So: I stand corrected. Heat is a good movie.

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★

    Holds up just fine on first revisit since childhood (and first time with kids), but credit to that cast for elevating an only adequately inventive scripting of a clever premise. Zemekis deserves credit, too, of course for getting everyone on the same page, but whoever pulled the trigger on Glover really deserves the praise. He gives the movie such a twisted comic verve, especially in the opening scenes with all their broadly staged exposition and set up.

    And Fox. So…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.