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  • That Thing You Do!
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • La La Land
  • Her

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★

  • Spirited

    ★★★

  • The Good Nurse

    ★★★½

  • Klaus

    ★★★★

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  • The Whale

    The Whale

    ★★★★

    The Whale packs a heavy emotional punch, pummeling viewers with hit after hit of drama. It’s effective thanks to the non-stop greatness of Brendan Fraser. He’s vulnerable and fearful, authentic to the end.

    Fraser is undeniable, but Hong Chau is incredible here too. She captures the careful balance of being loving and angry at the same time. It’s a nuanced turn that really works.

    It may get repetitive, but there’s no denying the powerful ending.

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    ★★★½

    While All the Beauty and the Bloodshed inevitably feels a bit like two stories in one, there’s no denying the power of Nan Goldin’s work against the Sackler family. It’s urgent and full of fire.

    A story of the collision and marriage of art and activism to effect real change.

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness feels thrown together. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t, but it feels surprisingly bland. The story never connects emotionally, which makes it hard to care deeply.

    For a multiverse movie, this felt weirdly contained, and honestly a little forgettable.

    Elizabeth Olsen always shines as Wanda, and Cumberbatch has plenty to play with in these universes. There are flairs of Raimi’s style from time to time, and this is the closest we may…

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★★½

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is blockbuster filmmaking on another level. It surpasses the incredible first film with high stakes and and thrilling world-building.

    The entire ensemble is phenomenal, but Tenoch Huerta bursts onto the scene with a brilliant, complex turn as Namor.

    The cinematography, score, visual effects - everything is even better than before. Some of the best crafts in any Marvel film. A breath of fresh air all around.

    It’s an emotional, dark journey, leading to a full-scale war, but always feels personal. This may be the best Marvel movie yet.