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I think the phrase “lightning in a bottle” is overused. So, know that when I call Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” lightning in a bottle, understand that I mean it in the most life-altering, soul-affirming way.

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A number of movies could have quote-along showings with packed theaters full of diehard fans following along to every line of the film.

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“1917” shows that war isn’t celebratory, necessary or heroic. It’s total apocalypse.

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In my memory, Winter Break 2019 will always be defined by “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” While I watched some (far superior) movies like “Little Women” and “Knives Out” during this holiday season, my brain still can’t let “Skywalker” go. 

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“Hustlers” isn’t just a story about ex-strippers performing a series of heists aimed at the Wall Street con-men who tanked the economy. It’s also not just the best movie of 2019 (though to this writer, it is most certainly that). “Hustlers” is a time capsule.

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A fresh decade, a new year and a semester without tears all mean that there’s only one thing for me to do: develop imaginary and outrageous predictions for my life that will no doubt get my hopes up for the future.

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“Honey Boy” is a riveting dialogue between past and present, between violence and trauma.

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Maybe “Waves” is too sentimental, too melodramatic for some. But is that such a bad thing?

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It can’t be Dec. 25 until I’ve watched the movie one, two, sometimes three times, with a mug of hot chocolate in hand, surrounded by the balsam scents and white lights of my living room.

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Noah Baumbach is no stranger to divorce. His 2005 film “The Squid and the Whale” chronicles the experiences of a Brooklyn family adjusting to the separation of two parents; it is hilarious and heartfelt, and I love it.