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Tom & Jerry (2021)

In order to get this stinkeroo up to movie length, they have to move Tom and Jerry into the real world, where a buffet of boring human subplots can pad things out.

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Greenland (2020)

Waugh and company combine an intelligent script and a refreshing sense of realism to do exactly that.  I was hooked, and that doesn’t happen terribly often.  Most disaster movies are catastrophes in every way you can measure, but this one gets just about everything right.

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Nomadland (2021)
Five Stars

As a character study, Nomadland is strengthened by a startling sense of realism: When Fern mingles with the actual people depicted in Bruden’s book, it feels eerily like we’re watching a documentary.

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas takes an important, unheralded story and tells it well. Unfortunately, the message behind it remains heartbreakingly relevant.

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Mank (2020)

This is a dewy-eyed love poem to Hollywood’s Golden Age: Fincher takes us meandering through studio backlots and into the haze of smoke-filled meetings.

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Palmer (2021)

Good intentions and great performances almost hoist the film up out of its familiar groove, but not quite.

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Let Him Go (2020)

Some viewers might find its beginning too muted and its ending too gory, but I found most of it to be just right.

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Little Fish (2020)

Little Fish is a wonderful film that reminds us just how much who we are is defined by where we’ve been and who went with us a long the way.

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Buddy Games (2020)

I suppose the only good thing about this withering saga of bullies and jerkwads is that it eventually ends.

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The Little Things (2021)

This is two-thirds of a decent movie, the rest of which strands a powerhouse cast.

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