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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Had no idea I could hold my breath for 2 hours, but that's what happened!

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Foregoing much of what was laid down in The Last Jedi—not just the exciting themes presented but with, at best, tone-deaf treatment of Rose—J. J. Abrams' latest sees him putting out the worst modern film of the series. The film still moves at a fast clip, but in leaving behind his mystery box signature for a saga closing finale has resulted in an endless series of idiotic McGuffins, unnecessary plot contrivances (which are usually resolved just a few minutes later),…

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ½

    At one point in this movie, all in pretty mindblowing CGI, we see a tuft of fur shed off Simba. That shed of fur lands on a tree... then gets eaten by a giraffe... then makes up part of a dung beetle's poop ball... then is carried by the wind... then is carried by an ant... then lands in water... then is almost carried off by a dragonfly... then is carried off by a bird... and finally makes its way…

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★

    The chemistry between Theron and Rogen is great, and Rogen's physical comedy still works like gangbusters. But beyond that, I found this to be a confused and often baffling romcom. In between the sweetness, the film tries to fit in and comment on our post metoo world, but is so blunt that it feels closer to parody (the decision to cast a makeup caked Andy Serkis as the Rupert Murdoch stand-in doesn't help matters). Even worse, the third act has…