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Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

If you decide to watch one feel-good movie this year about dementia, it better be Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020). The titular Dick is Richard Johnson, a retired psychiatrist and the aging father of documentarian and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Soon after diagnosing dementia for her father, Kirsten decides to enlist Dick to create and record a series of fictional situations to help her and her father process his illness and eventual death. While this contains some seriously emotional moments and realizations…

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Alright, I’m going to start out by admitting that I never saw the original “Dora the Explorer” animated TV show, so I can’t really commit on how true the movie is to the original source material, in case some millennial purist wants to know. But what I can tell you is that Dora is sweet, fun, and funny. Somehow in a couple of months between the airing of the last episode of “Dora the Explorer” TV show and the release…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

I always see a few animated films each year, and they tend to be high quality since they are targeting both youngsters and their parents, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is no exception. The Spider-Man films have always been some of my favorite Marvel movies since they are action-based, light on world-saving, and heavy on comedy. Spider-Verse’s action seems like it is taken directly from the comic pages and released into a medium that can showcase the artist’s true intentions….

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Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart (2019)

The two smartest girls in high school are on a mission: They want to make up for all the lost time spent studying the last four years by attending the school’s dopest party the night before graduation. What could go wrong? Ok, I’m not going to answer my own rhetorical question; you have to watch the movie to see what goes wrong. But I will say what goes right. First, this film is laugh-out-loud funny. Yes, it does have the…

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Like Father (2018) on NetFlix

Like Father (2018) on NetFlix

Like Father (2018) stars Kristen Bell as Rachel, a workaholic 30-something, and Kelsey Grammer as her long-estranged father Harry, who shows up at her wedding hoping to reconnect and witness the happiest day of her life. Unfortunately, life and some sitcom-ish scriptwriting conspire against them to have Harry accompany her on her honeymoon cruise. This is a fun little sitcom-like drama with plenty of laughs, lots of sweet moments, and just enough character growth to be believable—a great way to…

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Thelma (2017) (on Hulu)

Thelma (2017) (on Hulu)

When should parents tell their child about a genetic, mental illness that runs in the family? At puberty? Possibly. Maybe when they turn 18? Probably. But definitely, before they leave for college. Especially when they are pretty darn certain their child has the illness. Now don’t get me wrong, telling Thelma might not have changed the course of events, but certainly, they would be less culpable in what happened during her first semester of college. I watched Thelma on Hulu…

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Whether you love the KKK or hate them, you’re going to love BlacKkKlansman, the latest movie from Spike Lee. Just kidding, haters are going to hate this true-life story of Colorado Springs police rookie Ron Stallworth as he masterminds the infiltration of the local chapter of the KKK. This film takes a serious story and adds humor and black culture to creates something meaningful and entertaining without being preachy.

2018 Ticket Stub Review

2018 Ticket Stub Review

I watched 168 movies in 2018, according to my Letterboxd Diary. You can click on the link and see the movies I watched and their ratings. For the most part, I will ignore the blockbusters (except A Star is Born) and focus on movies that did not have big budget advertising and that you probably haven’t heard about. All but one of these have passed the wife test and have a thumbs up by both the misses and me. A…

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Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017) If you find architecture boring and character-driven movies slow, then you should probably skip seeing Columbus. If on the other hand, you are interested in a well-constructed drama with top-notch acting and beautiful visuals, then you should hurry to the theatre before it is gone. Jin, played by John Cho, is called to Columbus Indiana where his famous architect father has fallen ill. While stuck in the limbo of waiting for his sick father to recover he meets…

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017) Frikin Awesome! That’s the best description for this smart drama from writer/director Taylor Sheridan. A possible murder on the Wind River Indian reservation requires FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elisabeth Olson) to lend a hand to the local police department. Being short-handed, she enlists the assistance of the local game and hunting official Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) to help her investigate in the inhospitable Wyoming outback. This mystery unfolds in such a way as to keep you on…

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