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  • The Princess Bride
  • Groundhog Day
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  • The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

  • 12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

  • Blade Runner 2049

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    “…Superman.” Waterworks. Every time.

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

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

    A perfect movie, and one that played like gangbusters to the new generation here despite the black and white photography, a bad transfer and no subtitles. 

    I remember the remake for Showtime 25 years ago did some updating so that, for instance, the racist juror was now a Black Muslim. (And the jury overall was less white.) I can’t even imagine a version set in the present day, because both the racist and the Lee J Cobb character would never change their votes, and never feel shamed by the response of the other jurors. 

    But Jesus, the direction, the performances, all of it… perfect.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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

    If asked to rank my favorite Star Wars movies based on how many incredible things happen in them, this might well be my number 1 over Empire. Rian Johnson just puts together banger (bomber sequence) after banger (the triple-header of the throne fight, Finn vs Phasma, and Holdo vs the flagship) after banger (Luke Skywalker challenging the entire First Order with a laser sword). As a whole film, though, it still feels as if Rian Johnson just wanted to incorporate…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

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

    The final films of the previous two live-action Spider-Man movie franchises both suffered terribly from superhero sequelitis, trying to squeeze in too many villains and too many story concepts. More often than not, when you have two or more villains in these kinds of films, you may as well have no villains, because nobody gets enough screen time to properly establish themselves. (The rare exception: Batman Returns, though it's arguable how much of a villain Catwoman is in that one.)…