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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★★½

  • Closed for Storm

    ★★★½

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    ★★★★

  • Moxie

    ★★½

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    That's it then: I'll be moving to Columbus, Indiana and staring at hospitals and banks for the rest of my days.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's kind of funny, everybody seems to be in a completely different film from everybody else: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and Adam Driver are playing the grand Greek tragedy while John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio Del Toro are in a fast-paced Heist-comedy-with-a-big-heart. Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher and Laura Dern are mostly occupied with their steamy power games, meanwhile Domhnall Gleeson seems to be under the impression that he's in some sort of British Hitler satire.

    And yet I…

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  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    Jake Gyllenhaal is just wholesome manic energy.

    But the best thing about this special is how it leans into freewheeling and silly so much while casually being the most inclusive and empowering thing you saw in 2019.

  • Boy

    Boy

    ★★★★½

    The Thriller/haka bit is the most delightful thing I've ever seen.

    After the trailer I half expected to have an adverse reaction to the level of quirk on display in this film, but the reality is I'm shattered and love this one with all my heart.

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    As a demonstration of VFX craft, impressive. As a Lion King remake, completely pointless.

    How could anyone think that the expressiveness of Greek tragic dialogue and comedic musical bits would just magically gel with photo-realistically stiff animal faces? It's a baffling creative decision and, from an entertainment perspective, distracting af.

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix affectionately cutting each other's hair and squabbling over the use of the word "victimized" is my kind of Western.