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  • Rabbit Hood

    ★★★★½

  • The Grey Hounded Hare

    ★★★½

  • Roman Legion-Hare

    ★★★★

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★★½

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    The Prestige is my favorite film of all time. That’s all I have to say.

    Just kidding, I actually have a lot to say. This is going to be a long review, because I’m so grateful to all the people who made this fantastic movie—especially, perhaps, editor Lee Smith. According to conventional wisdom, we're not supposed to praise a plethora of cuts and a lack of long takes, but here the style is used masterfully, giving the film a nervous…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t a perfect movie, but it feels like one. There’s no denying it doesn’t quite warrant a 132-minute runtime, and it gets immeasurably better after it finishes recapping George Bailey’s life and moves on to its actual premise. But because it has the same effect as a perfect version of itself would, I’ve given it the full 10/10. Any movie that can plunge to the depths of despair and still reach the transcendent heights of pure…

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  • Rabbit Hood

    Rabbit Hood

    ★★★★½

    Wonderful parody with a great joke every several seconds. The knighting scene and the ending are particular highlights.

    9/10

  • The Grey Hounded Hare

    The Grey Hounded Hare

    ★★★½

    The jokes are less inspired than usual (I still don't understand how Bugs got that group of dogs to crash, and the ending cuts away several seconds too soon), but Bugs is still as enjoyable as you'd expect.

    7/10

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Godzilla satisfies when it comes to its titular attraction and his foes—and disappoints everywhere else.

    I’ve seen films make more damaging choices, but was there ever such an inexplicable one as killing off Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and letting his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) survive? Besides the fact that “Ford Brody” is a transparently fake movie name, Ford is less dynamic, conflicted, and interesting than the the traumatized and paranoid Joe. So it’s disappointing when Cranston’s potent performance (Joe watching…

  • The Cocoanuts

    The Cocoanuts

    ★★★★

    The Cocoanuts’s huge supply of laughs makes up for technical limitations and some boring sections.

    It still feels weird to me that the Marx Brothers weren’t always considered a big enough commercial draw on their own. Did audiences in the 1920s and 30s actually need dull musical numbers and mind-numblingly bland romantic subplots to get them into the theater? Whatever the reason, those scenes are interminable, and you just have to wait through them to get to the good stuff…