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  • Rocky II

    Rocky II

    ★★★½

    A decent enough sequel on the whole, but I think I wanted more acknowledgement of how inspirational Rocky's going the distance in part one was. I get that we need to put our hero in a bad place, but it was such a phenomenal achievement, I would've liked to have seen more of the neighbourhood celebrating it. The best part of the movie is unquestionably the (admittedly rehashed) training sequence where all the kids are chasing him around and up…

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★★

    I don’t know if anything remains to be said about this film but I just wanted to say that I switched over to it on cable, watched through to the end, and cried like a baby most of the way.

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    This movie utterly destroyed me. I am destroyed. I am in small pieces, scattered on the ground. It is a wonderful feeling.

    It seems paradoxical that something can be so subtle and so powerful at the same time.

    The way Adèle Haenel can hint at an expression, and convey its emotion without ever actually going there, is simply astonishing.

    Noémie Merlant embodies a level of self-awareness here that will inspire me for the rest of my days. Seeing her composure…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    This was exactly what I wanted it to be: a beautiful melding of macro adventure and interior emotions. Pitt's increasingly weathered face has rarely been better deployed. Amazing set-pieces. More action than you might expect from Gray. Awesomely-grounded sense of futurism. Marvelous overall.