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  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    ★★★½

    A well-made, entertaining crowd pleaser, but not much more than that. I did appreciate that the film spent as much energy as it did on making Erin a genuinely flawed character; for example, she frequently takes things personally that aren't meant so, and she genuinely treats George poorly. It's a nice human touch

    7 B

    (As my mother quipped when I mentioned I'd recently watched this, Marg Helgenberger is a nominee for, if not the winner of, the "Least Sick Looking Seriously Sick Person in Film History" award)

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★

    It gets a little too intricate for its own good--I'm still not sure exactly what everyone did, and more importantly why--and its stylization is a little hit-and-miss; sometimes the style is fun and cool, sometimes it seems a little uninspired and derivative*. But Charlize is very good here, particularly during the fantastic fight scenes. The big apartment fight one-shot is especially impressive.

    6.5 B-

    *This is especially true of the use of music, which is sometimes clever (a particularly great…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    After fifteen years and at least a dozen viewings, it still gives me chills.

    10 A+

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    My enduring love for The Emperor's New Groove notwithstanding, this is probably the best animated film ever made, with a beyond impressive blend of thematic depth, narrative and moral complexity, memorable characters, and absurdly beautiful animation and music.

    I went with the English dub this time around, and it's a tough choice on whether I prefer it or the Japanese version. On the one hand, I have to admit some of the voice acting in the English dub isn't perfect,…