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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    What an absolute delight! I really don't think we'll get along if you didn't fall in love with this film. I thought the 1st couldn't be topped, but I was oh-so wrong.

    *sings in Maurice Chevalier voice* Thank heaven for little bears who grow up in the most delightful ways!

    Also, this is the third fantastic Sally Hawkins performance I saw this year (Shape of Water, Maudie), and it's a shame she won't win the Oscar. At least more people recognize her greatness now.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★½

    It says a lot about this film that our audience in Orange County (a typically conservative wealthy white part of Southern CA) applauded twice during it. I sensed they, like myself, were getting emotional not about what was happening in 1972, but from our collective outrage/despair at where we are today. I couldn't help but feel that, in the future, without that bit of timeliness, this film will merely feel good and somewhat formulaic.

    It was fun, of course, seeing…

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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 I can recognize the amazing craft, the historical references, the surprising break from the known, the elegance and beauty in the work, and yet, if it doesn't engage my heart, leaves me impressed but ultimately cold.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

    Used my birthday present from my husband, a FilmStruck Criterion subscription to finally watch this film.

    It does something I really love which is to utilize the unique ability of film to show not tell a story. Wong Kar-wai trusts the audience to decide what the silences mean, and thus, like all great art, allows each viewer their own experience and interpretation.

    So, while I reveled in the sensual beauty of the film and so admired its elegance, I just…