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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    Thought it was fine but was honestly not blown away by this. Criticizing this movie feels akin to kicking a sick puppy; it means well but doesn’t entirely work. Bradley Cooper is truly excellent in a complicated role, and I was very impressed by his performance. Unfortunately, I found Lady Gaga’s performance to be pretty uneven. For every effective and genuine moment, she has another that rang false and affected. This was especially the case in her scenes with Cooper…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Chazelle has made yet another excellent feature film! This movie is a terrific cinematic experience... theatrical viewing is a requirement for anyone interested in it. The visuals are great across the board from the IMAX-filmed outer space scenes to the grainy, 60's-style smaller moments on Earth. It's an interesting mix of an emotional family story and nail-biting, claustrophobic action sequences and both absolutely work for the most part.

    Ryan Gosling does well as Neil Armstrong, although I left the theater…

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  • 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,…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★

    Kubrick was a great director (duh), and this film has a unique tone and visual style like no other war movie. Unfortunately, the genius opening 45 minute training sequence is hard for the subsequent Vietnam portion to live up to, so the result is rather uneven. But the great stuff is so great that I forgive some of the more irksome choices in the last hour. Overall it’s excellent and, like the very best war movies, portrays a wide range…