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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★

    Five Random Thoughts:

    1. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are beautiful people, and this movie almost airbrushes and photoshops them so they look like angelic dolls. They have create chemistry and screen presence as solidified movie stars.

    2. The plot is creepy. Chris Pratt simply looks upon a Sleeping Beauty-like Jennifer Lawrence and falls in love with her, and then stalks her on the Internet, culminating in essentially killing her by waking up. Even though it is still creepy, I…

  • Free State of Jones

    Free State of Jones

    ★★

    Based on the plot synopsis and trailers, Free State of Jones seems like a historical epic pandering to the Academy Awards. While its subject matter may do just that, this Civil War-set drama is really a passion project for director Gary Ross, who spent over two years researching and preparing for the film. It’s rather tragic that Free State of Jones isn’t a better film — and it’s Ross’ fault.

    Free State of Jones centers around the true story of…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    One of the best films of the year, Carol makes it difficult to find flaws within the precision and elegance of its two main stars — Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, script by Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) and direction by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There).

    Set in the demure, refined period of the 1950s, Carol follows the story and relationship of two women- Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett). Both are at a lonely…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    After a slew of good press at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Arrival quickly became one of the year’s must-see films, and launched Amy Adams as a clear contender for Best Actress come the 2018 Academy Awards.

    Arrival deservedly lives up to its hype, but also deviates from presupposed conceptions of plot, themes and genre conventions. Essentially, the true film is very different from what appears in trailers and clips. Director Denis Villeneuve achieves this by creating two…