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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

    There’s a 2001 joke in this movie, which is surprising. Even more surprising is that this ending is quite possibly more totally bewildering than that one.

    First impression is that Toy Story 4 pretty dramatically undermines everything its three predecessors nail so wonderfully, and that’s not a good thing. Forky is obviously unparalleled cinema, but I was left feeling a little like a lost toy. I’ll be scratching my head over this one for a while.

    UPDATE: Read my full review here.

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★

    A near-transcendent and deeply moving experience, Wim Wender's Wings of Desire is at once an ode to a now-gone Berlin, a love story, and a celebration of the childlike wonder that makes us our fullest and most human selves.

    Cassiel and Damiel are angels who exist in the city of 1987 Berlin. They meander through the streets, hearing the thoughts of the people around them and stopping to lay their hands on those experiencing turmoil. This is their life, if…

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  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★½

    Remarkable in the way it steadily ratchets up the tension with each passing scene, like a ticking time bomb so sensitive under pressure that each curse or violent motion could be the one to set it off. Loses a bit of that incredible fiery steam 3/4’s through the fall, but the landing is appropriately brutal. So far, so g—

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★

    Surprisingly effective at balancing the humane and the monstrous, depicting the traits in all their polar glory and showing that they aren’t bound within their respective species. There’s an adequate command of scalar control here as well; even as skyscrapers and mountains battle in the sky above, there’s room below for a father to hope thirty years isn’t too long—that there’s still a chance he can one day look his son in the eye and shake his hand. For all…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    A sweet little musical about performance and perfection and playing until your sweat turns to blood and you weep rivers of crimson. Ya like jazz?

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★

    i relate to 007 because i too have won a high stakes poker tournament despite tricking myself into seeing tells that didn’t exist

    it was at a family reunion and i won $40. the names bond, james bond