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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    "Roma" is what the movies were made for. It transports you with amazing clarity to another time and place and has you step inside the shoes of another and live a year of her life. The credit for how effective this is goes to writer/director Alfonso Cuarón who makes it clear instantly that this is a personal story. It’s full of such truth, feeling, and empathy that it makes your heart ache; it’s the kind of film that could only…

  • The Tickle King

    The Tickle King

    ★★★½

    This film series has done nothing to assuage my lifelong position that tickling is an unnerving and anxiety-riddled part of life.

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    If you’re looking to see people doing horrible things to each other but tinged with delicious irony, the place to be these days is a Yorgos Lanthimos movie! His new film The Favourite is great entertainment: a dark, funny period piece with a caustic wit (akin to lye on a bare hand, hyuk hyuk) and a trio of great performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

    Although he probably relies on a few too many fish-eye lenses to…

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life which is saying something since I sat behind a fidgety giant for the whole 3 hours. Yes, it is a 3 hour movie, but I found it gripping and entertaining throughout. It's a stunningly beautiful film -- Nearly every shot looks like an oil painting. Kubrick creates extraordinarily flawed and human characters, mixing high drama with light comedy seamlessly. The musical score was haunting and perfect. It's probably due to repetition,…