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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Dark Knight

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  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    ★★★½

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★★

  • Ponyo

    ★★★★

  • The Tender Bar

    ★★½

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  • The Tender Bar

    The Tender Bar

    ★★½

    Ben Affleck and Christopher Lloyd are both excellent here, delivering some of their best work in years. They easily carry the first half of the movie. I just wish they were there the whole time because the film lost momentum once it moved to Yale. Oh well.

  • In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night

    ★★★★

    This is only the second film starring Sidney Poitier that I’ve seen (The first being “A Raisin in the Sun”), and boy does it impress. The dignity, grace, and power he brings to Virgil Tibbs is astounding, believable, and hard to ignore. And the chemistry he shared with Rod Stiegler felt so real, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that they’re just actors. They each brought shades to characters that could’ve easily been archetypes.

    One thing I really liked was how…

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  • Sprouting Orchids

    Sprouting Orchids

    ★★½

    After watching Austin's half-hour YouTube video on his experience making this movie, I really feel for him and his struggles. However, I can clearly tell that he didn't have any ambitions beyond "Let's make a movie just so we can become names." Not completely bereft of redeeming qualities, but still feels like a shorthand version of "Upstream Color."

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    I can only imagine what it must have been like for audiences to witness the Battle for Helm's Deep on the big screen when this was released in theaters. Also worth noting, Sam's monologue near the end is a beautiful, poignant speech needed in the post-9/11 world. There is indeed still some good in this crazy world, and is worth fighting for.