For a movie to elicit emotion is not easy. Think about it. Movies can pull you in and keep your interest, but how often do they really make you laugh, gasp, smile, or cry?
The best manage one or some of those responses. “Lady Bird” captures them all, nestled under her colorfully soft yet strikingly powerful wings.
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“The Shape of Water” has plenty: the pace of a steady stream, pieces as cold as ice, and a story that builds to a boiling point. It’s also a bit shallow.
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In a 2017 interview with Howard Stern, Tommy Wiseau revealed he’s Catholic. Fitting, in that the actor-director behind the supposed “Citizen Kane of bad movies” is proof, as Father Henri J.M. Nouwen often advised, that you can find joy even in the worst of situations.
That’s “The Disaster Artist.”
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Robert Pattinson is in two of them. What can I say, other than 2017 was full of pleasant surprises?
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“Bright” is not very bright. Part crime drama, part magical fantasy, the concept is ridiculously dumb. The movie, however, is fun, fresh, and surprisingly arresting.
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It’s official: “Star Wars” is milking it.
There’s a scene in “The Last Jedi” emblematic of Disney’s directorial influence—toward unserious, self-referential mockery that panders to the poorest of tastes—and director Rian Johnson’s admonishment of nerd-like nostalgia.
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“Logan Lucky” is the poor man’s “Ocean’s Eleven.” Viva Las Vegas is replaced with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, George Clooney with Channing Tatum, and great with good enough.
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