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  • Babe

    ★★★½

  • Spartacus

    ★★★

  • Michael Clayton

    ★★★★

  • Lorenzo's Oil

    ★★★★

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  • Babe

    Babe

    ★★★½

    It’s a little too swift to totally rise above the feeling that it’s a technical gimmick showcase more than an actual narrative movie. But most of its tiny chapters are individually charming nonetheless, with great vocal performances and some of the coziest production design ever assembled. Pigs are cute!

  • Spartacus

    Spartacus

    ★★★

    The scale is obviously off the charts, which makes the big battle sequence unbelievable to witness. And the smaller fight sequences have some surprisingly dynamic action choreography. But Ben-Hur this is not, as the characters, plot, and themes can’t sustain a project of this immense size despite solid efforts. It’s easily Kubrick’s most anonymous work — despite on-set reports otherwise, you can’t really feel his obsessive precision at all.

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t think Sal is a racist, you should probably rewatch this movie. His climactic use of racial slurs can’t be chalked up to a lapse of judgement. He repeatedly clarifies that he only tolerates black people because they haven’t done anything bad to him, and because they provide his livelihood. His respect for the black community is entirely conditional and transaction-based — as soon as his “terms” of respect (essentially not having any major negative encounters with any…

  • Grease

    Grease

    ★½

    Nothing about Grease makes any sense. Aside from a few enjoyable musical numbers and dance sequences, the movie is an absolute mess of tonal contradictions. It attempts to radiate horny teen energy, but everybody in it has so little chemistry that they seem like they’re siblings pretending to be lovers.

    The failed sexual energy is also at odds with the bizarrely juvenile slapstick humor that, in my eyes, only kids could appreciate. And the filmmakers shoot the whole thing with some…