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  • The King

    The King

    ★★★½

    Fairly standard historical drama, yet there's something unusually appealing about it. The performances are excellent all around. Chalamet and Edgerton are particularly great, but Robert Pattinson almost steals the show here. Also the screenplay (co-written by Edgerton) is unique in that it takes a more minimal and restrained approach, which is a refreshing alternative from the bloated and overwritten style typically associated with the genre. Not a masterpiece, but still one of the better films that I've seen this year.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★★★

    Without question the best film that John Hughes ever made, and the best holiday/Thanksgiving film of all time. Martin and Candy are devastatingly funny (in their best roles), and their chemistry is unassailable. It's one of those bittersweet comedies where the sentimentality feels actually earned. Even though there is plenty of "broad" comedy here, there's a real nuance to the whole thing, and the characters are genuine.

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  • A Rainy Day in New York

    A Rainy Day in New York

    Well, I want to see it. Don't cancel me bro.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    A 3.5 hour movie that I can't wait to watch again as soon as possible. Brilliant performances all around (especially Pacino, Pesci, Romano). In many ways it's classic Scorsese territory, but I was surprised by its somber and dark atmosphere. It doesn't move at that fast pace we typically get from a Scorsese gangster epic. That's not to say it drags or lacks a sense of humor, but the tone here is much gloomier, more reflective.

    I wish they had…