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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★

    Yay, finally! Also, there's a stinger worth seeing so don't leave.

    This is exactly what I want from a filmed stage musical. Jon Chu's direction is fantastic. The energy and pace of the songs are vibrantly brought to life with innovative shots and outstanding choreography from Christopher Scott. Anthony Ramos is a true triple threat as is Corey Hawkins. It was great to see Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson in the film (the original Usnavi and Bennie on Broadway).

    A…

  • Dream Horse

    Dream Horse

    ★★★

    Welp, out supporting the little films at the cinema again. This one does everything it is meant to do as a true-life inspirational tale. Our audience was cheering multiple times during our screening. I suspect we all are just too eager to be excited about anything again. Still, it'd take an awful cold heart not be moved (at least a bit) by these Welsh folks.

    Plus, Toni Collette and Damian Lewis proving they can play any role once again. Also, Dame Sian Phillips (who is Welsh and was married to Peter O'Toole for 20 years long ago) is a delight at 88 years old!

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    This film is much like seeing an art masterpiece at a museum. I can recognize the amazing craft, the historical references, the surprising break from the known, the elegance and beauty in the work, and yet, if it doesn't engage my heart, leaves me impressed but ultimately cold.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    Caveat: My mom was just 21 when she had me and 22 when she had my sister. She was a single parent for us from the time I was 3-14. She was on welfare until I was 7.

    I say all this because this film wrecked me. It is so non-judgmental and allows reality to breathe all the while capturing childhood in all its gritty innocence. This is an America that I am acutely aware of and which is too…