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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    Liked this movie even more the second time. It just delights in every frame.

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★

    I am so glad that we now live in a world where sequels to movies are no longer just "Hey, here's the first movie again but in a new place!"

    And in this movie's case, with a new and much improved Black sidekick. Samuel L. Jackson does kick ass in this. So it has that going for it.

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  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★★

    I wasn't sure what I would think of this one, because the last Hal Ashby comedy I watched that made all the best of lists as the funniest ever was the disappointing Shampoo, but this one surprised me with how unique, relevant to the modern era, and most importantly still funny it is.

    Peter Sellers' performance is one of a kind and really interesting. He plays Chance with a childlike innocence, but also in a way that suggests a lot…

  • White Christmas

    White Christmas

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this more than Holiday Inn, even if I actually found it less overtly Christmas-y.

    Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby have some A+ chemistry. The musical numbers are solidly memorable, with the "Sisters" number and its staging of "White Christmas" at the beginning being particularly wonderful.

    Points are docked for the extremely confusing ode to the "minstrel show" that had me primed for blackface initially, but turned out instead to be only a very white song about nostalgia for…