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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Rear Window
  • The Tree of Life
  • All That Jazz

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  • Firestarter

  • Doctor Strange

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • Thing from the Factory by the Field

    ★★★★

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  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    This adaptation of Firestarter is the result of trying to make a suspense story look like a horror movie without there being any reason (other than marketing) to do it. And it fails on every level.

    Stephen King's novel, Firestarter, is not a horror story. It's a paranoid suspense thriller with a sci-fi macguffin. There's an adaptation that could have looked more like a sci-fi Three Days of the Condor or North by Northwest without deviating too much from the source…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    Forgot that there were Raimi (specifically Evil Dead II) nods in this one. Makes sense that they tagged him in for the sequel.

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★½

    The first time I saw Beauty and the Beast, it was on bootleg VHS around the time of its original theatrical release. I was in junior high and wasn't really that impressed. I never re-watched it until now.

    How young I was back then. How naive.

    This is a masterpiece, a heartfelt tribute by Disney animators to the golden age of Disney that is every bit as good as—if not better than—those classic films. Every frame is gorgeously rendered, the…

  • Twixt

    Twixt

    With Twixt, Francis Ford Coppola has earned the title of the director with two films furthest apart on the spectrum of quality. On one end, there's his 1970s output: in particular, The Godfather, considered one of the two or three greatest American films ever made; way on the other end is Twixt, which has to be the most inept film ever made by an Oscar-winning director.

    I can see the argument for Coppola going back to his roots, making a…