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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    It might have helped that I had recently listened to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast detailing World War I, but I was into 1917 from the beginning.

    The fact that it's made to look like one shot makes you feel like you're an active participant in these events. Roger Deakins deserves another Oscar!

    Doesn't quite get into specifics about the time period and the war effort the way other war movies might have, and yet it somehow does a better…

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★½

    While most people will give this film credit for the spectacular performances by Damon and Bale (they certainly deserve that credit), the aspect that may not get enough praise is just how well the film balances exciting action and the human drama driving it.

    You don't have to be a car person to enjoy this film, but I'm sure it helps.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    This movie couldn't have come out at a better time. We need this movie, maybe now more than ever. I couldn't help but get caught up in the emotional themes, and there's some remarkable film craft on display as well. It's easily one of the best films of the year.

    Full Review: www.pagesoncinema.com/2016/11/arrival-2016.html

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ½

    If I had any investment whatsoever in these characters I might have been disappointed with the way this film fails them and just about every other character who has ever been in Star Wars.

    To be fair, I've been against the idea of Palpatine having survived Return of the Jedi since I first heard his iconic laugh in the early trailers. So I knew I wasn't going to be on board with what this movie was doing from the get-go.…