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  • The Great Muppet Caper

    The Great Muppet Caper

    ★★★★

    "Thieves aren't breathing down your neck," is going into heavy rotation as a personal reference, along with 90% of The Departed's dialog.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    8.8/10

    Still kind of flabbergasted by the hate this got and continues to get, all the more so considering how ultimately safe and underwhelming The Rise of Skywalker turned out.

    This movie isn't afraid to surprise you. You can tell the filmmakers all love this world and these characters, but they also smart storytellers with interesting ideas working at the top of their craft. Give this sequel trilogy 20 years, and we'll have all the Last Jedi haters trying in vain to explain to their kids why this bold, exciting, elegant film is worse than a cobbled-together attempt to please everybody at once.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★½

    5.4/10

    In which world-class actors are saddled with and (mostly) able to break free of an altogether unsubtle and exceedingly self-satisfied screenplay.

  • The Informant!

    The Informant!

    ★★★★½

    with commentary by Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. They talk a lot about the book vs. reality vs. the movie. Interesting stuff from the movie-making level, historical level, and there's a fun vibe between the two.

    This is Soderbergh's Rashomon: what is the truth when you can't tell the difference between your own lies and what really happened? Whitacre can't keep track of all his lies, and neither can the FBI, nor us. Who knows? Nobody knows.