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  • Paris, Texas
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Brazil

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  • Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★★½

  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

  • The Messengers

    ★½

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  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

    This might be just the right mix of early Disney animation. All over the place in terms of settings and visuals, but connected with one compelling story and some really stellar motion. I could watch an entire movie of Figaro just pawing over Geppetto's legs in bed.

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★★½

    After renting this on "opening" weekend and paying again to see its brief run at Alamo DTLA, I have now spent $43.96 on this film. And it's still not enough.

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  • Citizenfour

    Citizenfour

    ★★★★

    What's great about Citizenfour is that it forgoes telling a story, and instead is completely comfortable with and devoted to telling an experience - a very strange and surreally calm experience - of doing something that led a young man to become the primary ire and target of the CIA. All the while Snowden just sits on a hotel bed and explains computers.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Phantom Thread's not necessarily Paul Thomas Anderson's best film, but it is the one that convinces me that he is, as a filmmaker, invincible.

    He's wandered farther away from his wheelhouse than in any previous film with Phantom Thread, a period romance. There's plenty of thin PTA humor to be found in the dialogue (it's perplexingly full zingers I can't wait to incorporate into my vocabulary), but otherwise this is feels like new territory for him. Perhaps unsurprisingly, PTA doesn't…