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  • Amazing Grace
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • High Noon

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  • Eternals

    ★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • Meet the Robinsons

    ★★

  • Jurassic Park III

    ★★★

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★

    2022 Film Diary, Entry #10

    “Could our mission have been a mistake?”

    [A 156-word review of a 156-minute film]

    The good news is that Marvel has finally delivered on its promise to make something significantly different from its usual product, and that for the first time in too long the phrase “a [insert director’s name] film” actually means something. Sure, Eternals can’t escape the brand—it has the usual quips, crossover references, sequel setups, forgettable music, and passable action sequences—but I…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    2022 Film Diary, Entry #9

    “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.”

    (Isn’t that the most Coensy line in all of Shakespeare?)

    [A 105-word review of a 105-minute film]

    Aside from being awed by the stark visuals (it’s good to see Delbonnel filming moody castle interiors again), I left the theatre a little underwhelmed, but it has since grown on me and I hope to watch it again someday, preferably after rereading Shakespeare’s…

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  • Brother Bear

    Brother Bear

    ★★★★½

    “I have a story to tell you. . . . It’s kind of about a man . . . and kind of about a bear. But mostly, it’s about a monster.”

    I feel a little sheepish giving this such a high rating, but this film has stuck with me for years, and even now it moves me like so few others do. I’ll happily defend its merits even as I’ll readily admit its faults. Watch it—or give it another chance—because…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

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

    “Trust your inner voice”—wait, what?

    A Toy’s Telos, Part IV

    Oh, boy. This review’s going to be messy.

    Let’s start with the positives. I enjoyed this film a lot. I haven’t had this much fun watching a Pixar film since Up gave us Dug the Talking Dog ten years ago. Forky, Duke Kaboom, and Key & Peele—I mean, Ducky & Bunny—make this film a riot, the animation is extraordinarily sharp, and Hanks, Hale, Hendricks, and Potts (sounds like a law firm) really…