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  • Finding Nemo

    Finding Nemo

    ★★★★½

    For whatever reason, it still lacks a certain emotional tug for me (and therefore doesn't rank high on my Pixar list), but it's so well constructed, wonderfully cast, and does a sneaky job of introducing nearly every possible Pacific Ocean resident over the course of two hours, meaning it doubles as a teaching tool for everyone who watches.

  • Knick Knack

    Knick Knack

    ★★★★

    The Bobby McFerrin music might be what makes this as enjoyable as it is.

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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    It's stuffed with maybe one too many ideas, as if first-time director Boots Riley thought he might never get to make another movie. If there's any justice, though, he will, because despite A LOT going on in this movie, so much of it is thrillingly fresh, unique and meaningful. I have been obsessed with the cast of Short Term 12 since I saw it, and LaKeith Stanfield continues to impress.

    At the SIFF screening I saw, rapper/activist-turned-filmmaker Riley was there…

  • Luxo Jr.

    Luxo Jr.

    ★★★★

    Two-minute-long proof-of-concept videos shouldn’t be this good.