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  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★★

    The Grinch is fairly flimsy and forgettable for the most part, but it surely still makes for fine, fun family entertainment with enough cheer and warmth to prepare you for the impending holiday festivities.

    The film’s greatest strength lies in the appropriately prickly voicework from Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead character. He fits the titular curmudgeon perfectly, and he even adds proper emotion when the plot demands it, causing the audience to not only laugh at his outlandish antics, but…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is practically bursting at the seams with sardonic wit and surprisingly sturdy emotional themes, all conveyed with excellence and professionalism from the stellar Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant who thrive off of Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s droll and poignant screenplay.

    This is simply a career best for McCarthy, showcasing layers of complexity and raw talent that haven’t quite shown through in her latest comedic duds. She bursts onto the scene ready to dash…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    “I just wanted to take another look at you.”

    In theory, A Star Is Born shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. A 21st century update of a classic Hollywood tale already told three times before with a rookie director and a pop star in one of the leading roles? The odds were stacked against this thing from the get-go.

    Which makes what I’m about to say even more extraordinary.

    A Star Is Born is an absolute gutpunch. A…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★★★

    Bohemian Rhapsody certainly won’t win any points for originality, and it may not go as deep as some wish, but the film greatly succeeds overall thanks to an abundance of kinetic energy, strong emotional beats, and Rami Malek’s dynamite lead performance.

    The interactions between the members of Queen are fantastic. Although Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello aren’t given quite as much to do (as Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon respectively) compared to Malek, they all make…