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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★½

    After Steven Spielberg and company broke visual effects barriers with Jurassic Park, two years later, 1995’s Jumanji brought more large-scale, creature-focused thrills to theaters. Directed by Joe Johnston–who would go on to get his own crack at the dinosaur franchise a few years down the road–the Robin Williams-led adventure occupies that rare subset of oft-replayed, worn-down VHS tapes from childhood that one might be hesitant to revisit for fear of the nostalgic charm wearing off. In many ways, the set-up of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may quell some trepidation in this regard.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Phantom Thread is one of Paul Thomas Anderson's best films; deeply engrossing and playful as it seamlessly weaves between romantic, unsettling, funny, and back again. There's a mastery of transitions that has a way of making the entire film feel like one intoxicating scene. Daniel Day-Lewis also outdoes his There Will Be Blood performance, embodying a character with more depth and complex tenderness. Vicky Krieps might even be better as she goes toe-to-toe with him. You'll want to see it again immediately after, and a second viewing is incredibly rewarding, as I imagine the many after will be as well.

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★½

    First 78 minutes of The Red Turtle: this is a very nice movie
    Last 2 minutes: I am emotionally wrecked and have a new perspective on life

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    The premise is a simple one. A man only credited as C (Casey Affleck) dies after a head-on car accident in front of his house, leaving behind his wife, M (Rooney Mara). After examining his corpse at the hospital, she leaves the room, and, covered by the white cloth over his body, his ghost rises up and returns home to observe the grieving widow he left behind. If one thought only a spooky, small-scale haunted house tale is to follow,…