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  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    ★★

    It's hard to watch someone who made you laugh so much as a teenager fall so far. Granted, he's not doing much differently - I'm the one who's changed in that regard. But Dave manages to trip over joke after joke. He's got the crowd, but he doesn't have me.

  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    ★★★★

    Every generation needs a movie like this.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Go figure - I like a Star Wars movie. We live in an interesting time where our expectations for a franchise built on the success of a single film back in the 70s hinge on the very same cultural phenomenon. Filmmaking has certainly changed in the last 40 years, and Star Wars has changed with it. For all the stunted idol worship we've given the series, it still manages to produce exciting and adventurous films. Yeah, some of the best…

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    ★★★½

    Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere

    Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.