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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    Works absolutely marvelously on a moment-by-moment level, and if it doesn’t quite come together in the way that I think it was aiming for*, there are enough magical moments to make it an exceedingly memorable and worthy film.

    8 A-


    *I think in part because of a few moments that don’t fit well into the larger movie even though they work in isolation, like the space baboon sequence

  • To Have and Have Not

    To Have and Have Not

    ★★★

    Whenever Bacall is on the screen the movie crackles (and she's in quite a bit), but any time she's not it quickly starts to feel like the derivative Casablanca ripoff it is.

    6.5 B-

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    After fifteen years and at least a dozen viewings, it still gives me chills.

    10 A+

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    My enduring love for The Emperor's New Groove notwithstanding, this is probably the best animated film ever made, with a beyond impressive blend of thematic depth, narrative and moral complexity, memorable characters, and absurdly beautiful animation and music.

    I went with the English dub this time around, and it's a tough choice on whether I prefer it or the Japanese version. On the one hand, I have to admit some of the voice acting in the English dub isn't perfect,…