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  • The Space Between Us

    The Space Between Us

    ★★★

    There's a lot to like here, but even at two hours it feels like too much story development happens offscreen (Kendra in particular needs more screentime -- where does she come from, and why does she decide to do what she does at the end?). Even Tulsa, who is basically the second lead in the movie, has giant holes in her story; if you really look at the way things are presented to us, she's an independent girl who gives…

  • Sand Castle

    Sand Castle

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed this a lot! The supporting cast is a little hard to tell apart, but that's a particular weakness of mine and they're distinct enough to get the job done anyway, so no big deal. I could have done without the big action scene -- this isn't really an action movie, so it felt a little pandering/obligatory, and I'm not sure it added anything essential to the story the movie's trying to tell. (It does add something, but only in reinforcement of the previous, more-organic, action scene, so I would have left it out. Admittedly, YMMV.) Really loved the piano-in-the-palace bookends. Great modern war movie.

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  • Elizabethtown

    Elizabethtown

    ★★½

    On 1st viewing, I resented that the fish-out-of-water stuff got in the way of the romance. This time, my feelings are exactly opposite: I wanted more fish-out-of-water and less of Kirsten Dunst. The romance is embarrassing, and Dunst is stuck playing what may be the worst movie character ever. But even she has her moments, and that's the thing: This is a terrible movie, but there are pieces of it that work well enough to make you wonder if it's…

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★

    Having seen (and enjoyed) the Titanic exhibit in Vegas a few weeks ago, I wanted to revisit this movie. Time hasn't really helped it; the effects aren't as impressive as I remember and Jack and Rose are, if anything, even more ridiculous characters than I thought they were. But, for some reason, I liked it more tonight than I did in 1998. If someone tells me it's their favorite movie, I think I get it now. Maybe sometimes filmmaking isn't just about the writing. #shrug