Andrew Ambrose Lee has written 34 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    While Alien is a austere and terse art house film, Aliens is a crowd-pleasing blockbuster firing at all cylinders. Wisely choosing not to repeat the same beats/genre from the original, Cameron expands the universe with bombast and scale while somehow not overwhelming the audience (which was just me saying out loud to no one "THAT WAS AWESOME")

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    There are moments where the dialogue is a little too on the nose and there are definitely some huge leaps of logic that funnier comedians and more astute film critics have pointed out, but at the end of the day it's a gift to know my favorite movie in middle school is an undeniable masterwork.

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★★★

    "It's easy to look at someone else's life as a cautionary tale. After all, no one wants to be old and filled with regret. But if you look closer and see that that life is filled with moments of sincere joy, however fleeting, it's hard to say if it was really a bad life after all."

    damn.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★★

    This is... one of the best studio comedies of the last decade. An instant classic I can totally see being in rotation.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Michael Shannon ad-libbed "I ain't eating one iota of shit" and deserves a nobel peace prize

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    Wow season 4 of Fargo is weeeird

    A haunting portrait of how stories and art mold us to the point where we can't distinguish what is an original thought/personality and what is something we have absorbed through osmosis. A movie I'll revisit as I get older and decay into nothing!

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

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

    This is gonna be less a movie review and more of a journal entry!

    I know heartbreak as if it is my birthmark and birthright. I know the crushing grief of unrequited love and the resounding regret, embarrassment, and shame that follows. You'd think I'd be better equipped to handle rejection with age, but each time that wound reopens I am privileged to re-experience all of the times I've failed being someone capable of actual tangible love. The fucked up…

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    ★★★★★

    It does not get better than this

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★★

    “No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we all are called to be Tikkun Olam—repairers of creation. Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy, and light, and hope, and faith, and pardon and love to your neighborhood and to yourself.”

    Mr. Rogers may have dedicated his life and career to speak and connect to children, but the reason he resonates beyond kitsch nostalgia is that he speaks to our inner child.…