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  • Titanic
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Young Adult
  • My Best Friend's Wedding

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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    ★★★

  • Holes

    ★★★★

  • I Could Never Be Your Woman

    ★★

  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    ★★★★½

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  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    ★★★★½

    Julia Roberts shines as lovelorn food critic Jules in possibly one of the best performances of her career. The supporting cast is all fantastic (most notably Rupert Everett is a serious scene-stealer; he gracefully pulls in a snarky, humorous, lovable performance playing George, the best friend character to Jules). The direction from P.J. Hogan, cinematography, film score, (classic) soundtrack, and set design are first-rate.

    This film holds so much nostalgia for me since it was one of the first rom-coms…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★½

    A swan dive into madness and obsession driving one’s perfection of one’s artistic craft. 

    This is a career-peak performance for Natalie Portman. She is perfect in the lead role as meek Nina and her foil is sexy, bold Lily, played wonderfully by Mila Kunis. The rest of the supporting cast (Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey) and a small but important supporting turn by Winona Ryder who is great as a snarky, bitter aging ballerina forced into early retirement because of the…

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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire

    ★★★

    I guess right now I feel that not all films need a central romance to be considered, a “well-rounded” cohesive story, example being Slumdog Millionaire (2008). While I do love the vivid, frenetic cinematography, the film’s diverse range of selected songs in the soundtrack, and music score, I previously did like the idealized romance watching this when I was younger, but now I don’t lol. Their love connection and blossoming romance as young adults is so rushed and underdeveloped; the only…

  • Holes

    Holes

    ★★★★

    Substantial character development intertwined with non-linear structure of storytelling. The flashbacks provide a glimpse into the conflict connected in present time and historical background buried in the juvenile detention camp. Commendable performances across the board, with Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight as the standouts.

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  • Evil Dead Rise

    Evil Dead Rise

    ★½

    I was expecting it to be scarier, more shocking idk but as the end credits started, I was just expecting more from the story and the characters. You know what - it was definitely the characters. The characters lacked chemistry, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, and a genuine sense of togetherness, which should've been easy because they're supposed to act like a family. The actress who played the aunt, her mediocre acting skills stuck out like a sore thumb. The graphic gore (could’ve…

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★★½

    If you loved or really enjoyed the first Avatar film 13 years ago, you will very much like or love this sequel. Heads up, definitely best to go in watching this by having seen the first one, otherwise you will be confused about the storyline and scope of what is going on character-wise.

    James Cameron is a pro at churning out a superior sequel to a foundational first film. So, it should come as no surprise that Avatar: The Way…