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  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★★

    Bound is exactly the kind of sexy, stylist thriller with intriguing characters that still holds up over two decades later.  It’s almost like an audition piece for the Wachowskis, who would go on to make the Matrix trilogy.  Much of the stylized action and cinematography in that franchise is visible here, albeit on a much smaller scale, of course.  Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly are perfectly cast, and their characters are seemingly opposites, yet have some things in common.  The…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    I’m not sure if this movie was needed, seeing as Toy Story 3 ended so terrifically that it seemed like the end of the toys’ stories (see what I did there?), yet it’s hard not to love seeing Woody, Buzz, and the others yet again — and supposedly for the last time.  I grew up with these movies, having been only seven when the first one was released in 1995.  And, like the franchise’s characters, I’ve grown considerably.  The fourth…

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  • Colette

    Colette

    ★★★½

    It isn’t unusual to see Keira Knightley in yet another period price.  It is unusual, however, to see her play a queer character.  And, she has done with her previous, heterosexual characters, she gives a committed, fully-realized performance. Knightley is the main reason to see this movie, which struggles narratively in some sections. The movie that surrounds her is very slight in comparison, but it’s hard not to be enraptured by the beautiful sets and costumes. Dominic West does what…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    Who’d have thought that Lady Gaga could act?  Or that Bradley Cooper could sing (and direct)?  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that both these things are true, and that Cooper’s directorial debut is a slam dunk. And look, there’s Sam Elliott in a heartbreaking supporting role, who finally scored his first Oscar nod!