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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★

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    In the Heights is a deightful film with countless masterfully choreographed musical numbers, top-notch performances and a very character driven story.

    The whole ensemble are amazing but Olga Merediz's performance is perfect and deserves an Oscar nom. The movie also does such a good job of creating a sense of community with its setting of Washington Heights that it really feels like its own character. 

    Although a lot of the credit can be attributed to Lin-Manuel Miranda's genius,…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★½

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    A Quiet Place Part II is better than the first one in almost every way. It naturally introduces new characters and concepts, effectively develops the those characters and concepts, and delivers even more action and suspense than the original A Quiet Place.

    The score and sound design is phenomenal, and the performances from Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and especially Millicent Simmonds - who's character acts as the main protagonist, following in her father Lee's (bare)footsteps - are brilliant.…

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★★

    MOVIES I MISSED (THE 70s) - FILM #12

    The Heartbreak Kid is first and foremost a comedy but Neil Simon's pitch-perfect script, the subtle genius of Elaine May's direction and the late Charles Grodin's performance adds so many interesting layers to it. Also, the supporting cast are all very memorable including Eddie Albert, Audra Lindley and of course, the stunning Cybill Shepherd. Jeannie Berlin was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for her performance as the innocent, naive Lila too. The film has a completely unique tone that's simultaneously wacky and cynical, which in anyone else's hands could've been a travesty but totally works.

  • Wish Dragon

    Wish Dragon

    ★★★

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    Wish Dragon is an entirely ordinary animated kids film. The story is predictable and derivative (it's basically Aladdin) and the animation is just fine, but that doesn't stop it from being a satisfying and often adorable film. The voice performances from Jimmy Wong and John Cho are great and their characters are charming. The script is full of positive messages and the jokes land, but ultimately the weak story prevents it from reaching its full potential.

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

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    Aside from director Chloé Zhao's masterful camerawork, the reason that Nomadland is so amazing is that it's honest, intimate and transparent. When you watch this film, it feels like you are watching events from somebody's life - Frances McDormand's disappearance into her role also helps with this feeling. I feel pretentious using the word 'kino', but this film is what you call kino.

    Also Chloé Zhao is making a Marvel movie and I am beyond excited.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

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    This film handles its subject matter so well and in such a sensitive way. The way the sound design forces us into the perspective of Riz Ahmed's character - Ruben, a drummer losing his hearing - is absolutely masterful. This has to be the best use of sound that I have probably ever heard in a film - certainly the most interesting.

    Riz Ahmed's performance is brilliant, he's emotional without being melodramatic and he is completely convincing as…