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  • The Godfather
  • On the Waterfront
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • The Shawshank Redemption

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  • Decalogue I

    ★★★★½

  • Wendell & Wild

    ★★★

  • A Prairie Home Companion

    ★★★

  • The Long Goodbye

    ★★★½

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  • Decalogue I

    Decalogue I

    ★★★★½

    Another film in my journey through the personalized film list curated from the Samlearner recommendation algorithm, and one of the more elusive films from the list that I’ve finally been able to track down!

    Wow. This is a deeply affecting allegory of the human condition and our reliance on temporal and immediately accessible information at the eshewal of faith and common sense or a developed sense of “street smarts.” I love that these stories, based in the ten commandments are not…

  • Wendell & Wild

    Wendell & Wild

    ★★★

    A dazzling amount of creativity, imagination,  and visual splendor that services a very thin story that could have used a lot more time in the hands of a strong writer. I just don’t have the praise for this that my son does, who instantly elevated to his top ten favorite movies list (that kid is dark—he wanted to dress up as Tim Burton for dress like a celebrity day this year…as a fourth grader). But seeing him enthralled as he watched was a joy in itself.

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★★★

    An utterly thrilling, stunning, and fulfilling spectacle that completely subverted my expectations, expertly constructed a meticulous plot, made a distinct social statement, and deconstructed the human condition through fully-fleshed and finely refined characters masterfully inhabited by phenomenal performers.

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★

    Achingly beautiful storytelling of the depth and profundity of family bonds and love, the complexities of personal needs and desires, the delight of friendship, and the magic of cinema. Williams is brilliant; Dano is solid; LaBelle is a dazzling, endearing, infectious revelation; Hirsch, East, and Lynch were each a delicious delight; and Rogen didn’t have the presence or charisma or layering that his role required for it to work, ultimately weighing down the film and many of his scenes and…