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  • The Lodger

    The Lodger

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I remember being kind of disappointed with The Lodger the first time I saw it, mainly because of the ending where it was revealed that the titular lodger was not in fact the Jack the Ripper like killer stalking the city and that said killer rarely makes an actual appearance. Seeing it now, and knowing what to expect that didn’t really bother me too much at all and Hitchcock’s most famous silent film comes across a whole lot better. The…

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★

    It would probably be inaccurate to call The Good Dinosaur Pixar’s low-point as that was almost certainly Cars 2, but it did have the further indignity of being received with utter indifference by the general public and becoming their lowest grossing movie. Of course being the lowest grossing Pixar movie is like being the shortest guy in the NBA, it still made a $100 million dollars after all. Being among their least acclaimed movie critically is also a bit relative…

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★½

    Man, what a misguided endeavor this whole Hobbit thing was. I’ve long maintained that the problems with this spinoff series run a lot deeper than the decision to split it into three movies but out of the three this is definitely the one that suffers most from the padding. It’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of the last parts of these needlessly split movies like The Matrix Revolutions or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows- Part 2,” they end…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★

    One of the most common title formats in cinema is the “American [fill in the blank]” format, which as far as I can tell goes back at least as far as 1973’s American Graffiti and has been used dozens of times. It may or may not be as common as the “[fill in the blank] Story” format be it’s certainly the more loaded of the two. It’s not a titling convention that’s often used for mellow movies with modest intentions,…