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Carol

An extremely well told love story. The cast, cinematography, storytelling—everything worked for me. But this is not for folks who will turn away from same-sex kissing and foreplay. A

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Daddy's Home

As Hollywood's bad boys have kids of their own—everything changes—and they start making movies with both humor (broad) and compassion. A-

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The Big Short

I've always felt that history should be told by comedians, or at least by writers with a good sense of humor. Here we have the crash of '08–with a laugh track. A-

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I have never really been with The Force. And I don't particularly like video games. But I enjoyed the movie's pace and some good new characters. B+

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The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino has a formula (something I've been accused of) and it mostly works here. Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh are particularly good. All of the bad folk certainly get their just desserts. Some might consider that high art. B

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Joy

A bit disappointing. Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful, and the story has a lot of potential, but it kind of dragged for me. B-

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