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  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Hoop Dreams
  • The Tree of Life
  • Ikiru

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  • Scream

    ★★

  • Scream 4

    ★★

  • Scream 3

    ★★

  • Scream 2

    ★★

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★

    After watching about 8 hours of Scream films over 2 days, I was like… what’s another 2 more?  So I went out to the AMC for my first Scream in theaters, which dropped the “5” and is just called… Scream.  By it’s own insistent definition, this is considered a “requel”, which is the new term for the offspring off a sequel and a reboot, where they create something new but still include legacy characters and established canon backstory to build on.  From one…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★

    So, I’ve never been a big horror guy.  It’s just not my genre.  Until last year in fact, I’d actually never seen a Scream film.  But there’s a new one out in theaters and I figured someone has to do this job, so, for the entertainment of my 5 or so regular readers, I figured I’d shotgun all of the existing Scream films this past week to get ready for for the franchise’s latest installment.  These are my quick, hot takes, delivered fast and…

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  • The Donut King

    The Donut King

    ★★★★

    One of the better and more engaging documentaries I’ve seen this season has been The Donut King, director Alice Gu’s delightful yet insightful story of Ted Ngoy, a man who’s meteoric rise was only rivaled by his calamitous fall.  Who knew donuts could contain such drama?  Ngoy grew up in Cambodia, and had to flee his homeland after it was engulfed in warfare and the militant Khmer Rouge took over.  Part of a refugee program which relocated Cambodian nationals to California, Ngoy quickly…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Minari, named for a resilient Korean herb with an ability to take root almost anywhere, is a wonderfully assured and personal film by director Lee Isaac Chung, chronicling a family of likewise-resilient first generation Korean immigrants who put down roots in the farmlands of Arkansas in the 1980s.  Like another one of this year’s best films, Nomadland, Minari is a film of great generosity and gentle empathy for it’s subjects, immigrant and local alike, and the tale of cultural assimilation in…