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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Vertigo
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Harold and Maude

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  • Spirited

    ★★½

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★½

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★★

  • Ravenous

    ★★★½

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  • Spirited

    Spirited

    ★★½

    Honestly did not love this. It’s bright and flashy and loud and attempts to insert all that feel-good Christmas magic inspired by A Christmas Carol and movies like it, but this just doesn’t add up to much. It’s honestly kind of a mess.

    Basically, Spirited is what you would get if you had a movie about the process of A Christmas Carol, showing the “people” behind the scenes of inspiring so-called enlightened moments like in that story. To be fair,…

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★½

    Been meaning to watch this for awhile, and it doesn’t disappoint. Really fun, silly, inspired film, with some great voice animation (Jenny Slate in particular as the title character, but Isabella Rossellini is also very good as his grandmother). The animation in this is also top notch, taking advantage of the limited scenery to provide a very compelling background for these anthropomorphic shells.

    The one thing I will say is that Marcel doesn’t really have much staying power. I will…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    There's a book I read a few years back about screenwriting, called Save the Cat. The book's title refers to the idea that, if you have your protagonist do something heroic such as save a helpless feline, then that adds a dimension of likability to the character that allows the audience to become invested. 

    Such an aspect happens on multiple occasions throughout American Honey. Our protagonist named Star, played by Sasha Lane, is a troubled yet warmhearted young girl, who…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype: Dunkirk is a stunning work. It's atmospheric and intense, but in a more subdued and unsettling way than what I was initially expecting. This is easily amongst Christopher Nolan's best work. 

    Dunkirk is told from three perspectives: the land, the sea, and the air. It concerns the Dunkirk evacuation of British soldiers during WWII, in which 400,000 soldiers were trapped in Belgium after losing a battle, and due to a lack of ships, hundreds of civilians took…