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  • Jurassic Park III

    ★★½

  • The Exorcist

    ★★★½

  • Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

  • Shut Up and Play the Hits

    ★★½

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  • Jurassic Park III

    Jurassic Park III

    ★★½

    I actually kind of like the lack of setup where 10 minutes in we're getting all the dinos. The dinos don't look as good as before. Less animatronic and slow Speilbergian reveal of the dinos. They just kind of come straight at this latest group come to tempt fate on the island. The effects budget was quite possibly slashed for this 3rd installment. Or it could be that 2001 was in that weird middle phase of CG where things somehow…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★½

    Locks in for the big end sequence which is pretty astounding (and quite yucky). But, I have to say that I had my doubts around the 90 minute mark. Friedkin's focus is so scattershot. The Iraq prologue should have been cut completely. And the way he alternates between Karras and the MacNeil household doesn't build the story or characterization. Lots of key events happen entirely off screen leaving the characters to tell us what happened. For me, Sorcerer is still…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    I was a little afraid that it wouldn't live up to the hype or that it seemed too much like exactly my type of film (man and technology theme, contemporary intimacy, clean futuristic city, one of my favorite actors, visually striking, etc.). Somehow it managed to exceed my expectations.

    Phoenix completely carries the film, occupying every shot and most of the time acting towards a disembodied voice. Most of his performance is not in his soft-spoken, bashful words, but the…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★

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

    I finally got around to it. I was probably too young when it was in theaters and I've put it off for years because of the subject matter. Little did I know that Spielberg had a built-in device to tell this story and still make it an epic Hollywood entertainment: he made the two lead characters both powerful Nazis, existing outside of the group of Jewish victims. This creates the necessary separation that a mass audience requires. Ben Kingsley has…