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  • Men in Black: International

    Men in Black: International

    ★★★

    Like the previous Men in Black films, this one is...OK. The leads are charming and I really like the design of the two creepy aliens. Otherwise, it's more of the same. Frankly, I think the best version of Men in Black was the animated series. This didn't change my mind.

  • Johnny Eager

    Johnny Eager

    ★★½

    This movie is easily 40 minutes too long, and Robert Taylor is stiff as hell and out of place. He seems more like he should play a sinister villain in a spy film. As a con turned cabbie turned con...I just don't buy it. Lana Turner is cute, but kinda useless. Frankly, Johnny's niece Matilda and his drunk buddy (played by Van Heflin) were about the only characters I enjoyed. Not a bad ending. But dang it was overlong.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★½

    (First Viewing) I'm torn. On the one hand, I'm a HUGE Science Fiction nerd. And I've loved Star Wars (among other universes) since I can remember. On the other hand, Star Wars leans much more into the realms of Fantasy than I tend to enjoy, nostalgic trips have become largely empty and dissatisfying for me lately, and there hasn't been a really good Star Wars movie since 1980. I didn't feel as burned by "The Phantom Menace" as many, but…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    To say the least, balancing tone in a satirical comedy about a German boy in the latter days of the Second World War is going to be challenging. Taika Waititi somehow manages to pull it off in this bananas movie. The grim horrors of Hitler & Co.'s mad war machine is seen through the eyes of a 10 year old boy. Like a lot of 10 year old boys, he wants to belong, he wants to be grown-up, he wants to…