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  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★★★½

    I don't know what there really is to say about this, much like how I don't know what there's left to say about Spielberg. He's a master and his contributions to cinema are incomparable and legendary. But everyone knows that.

    So there's not much to say about this documentary. All I can do is talk about how it made me feel. My only wish was that it would have shown MORE of the great personal insights into Spielberg. There were…

  • The Dinner

    The Dinner

    ★★½

    There are some great moments throughout this, Steve Coogan gives a deeply vulnerable performance, and the way it confronts parenthood makes for an interesting and uncomfortable discussion point.

    The problem really comes in the very slippery presentation. Every scene feels over written and over directed. I have not read the book upon which this is based, but I get the impression that a lot of this movie's problems come from its inability to adapt to the film format.

    There's clearly…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    I am reluctant to talk about this film too much.  Darren Aronofsky created something unholy here.  It feels wrong to air this film so callously.  He made a film about creation.  In any form.  You can apply it to whatever form of creation you wish.  Creation, art, God, nature.  And the cost.

    I am honestly stunned by the unnerving honesty on display in this film.  It became pretty clear pretty early on with Javier Bardem's character that Aronofsky had decided…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    A passionate love letter to passion and love. I don't have a lot here, La La Land is lovely and pristine and a lot more real than I ever expected.

    A love story between two people, one in love with performing and one in love with jazz, although it's not immediately clear the true parameters of this love story.

    I was pretty deeply surprised by where this went in its arc and follow through concerning the logical progressions for what…