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  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Die Hard
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Breaking Away

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  • The Real Charlie Chaplin

    ★★★★

  • Niagara

    ★★★½

  • A Hero

    ★★★★

  • Encanto

    ★★★½

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  • The Real Charlie Chaplin

    The Real Charlie Chaplin

    ★★★★

    For a man who had no interest in movies at the start, Chaplin made quite a name for himself.

    Documentary makes great use of audio recordings, home movies from Switzerland with Chaplin as a father, and a split screen photo montage of Chaplin and another man born four days a part.

    That man was Adolf Hitler.

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    HOUSE OF GUCCI wasn't nearly as campy as I was led to believe. Though, a nearly unrecognizable Jared Leto was the scene stealer as Paolo Gucci, looking like a cross between Benjamin Franklin and a tracksuit fashionista. Lady Gaga was fine as Patrizia Reggiani.

    It wants to be the fashion version of THE GODFATHER but nowhere near as compelling. Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci wanted nothing to do with Gucci fashion until he met Patrizia, who pushed him to take…

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  • The Tax Collector

    The Tax Collector

    David Ayer returns to the streets in this hot mess of South Central gangs having to pay a fee to the "Wizard" and the return of Crenjo, a criminal that offers the titular character an ultimatum...or else.

    Shia LaBeouf is easily the best character. He's the muscle (Creeper) to the collector. The marketing emphasizes Shia as the star when he is not.

    Aside from writing TRAINING DAY, writing/directing END OF WATCH, and a few scenes in HARSH TIMES and STREET KINGS, Ayer keeps striking out more than ending up on base.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    SOUL or: How Pixar Got Its Groove Back

    The animation giant may have its franchises, but Pete Docter has managed to create his own trilogy of sorts as his latest connects with 2015's INSIDE OUT and 2009's UP. Just like those two films, SOUL allows us to appreciate our surroundings and being able to take it all in.

    The central theme is about finding your spark.

    When Joe (voice of Jamie Foxx), a middle school band teacher, finds himself down…