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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    This is a landmark film for me. I feel like I'm at the height of my superhero cynicism as year after year goes by with nothing really grabbing me anymore. It's been a decade since the first Iron Man came out and it's felt like a never-ending torrent of origin stories and sequels ever since. Sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes I don't, but I never feel like I'm watching something exceptional. And here I am feeling like I could…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Cuarón has always been one of my favorite sound-conscious filmmakers. It's obvious that he goes to great lengths to deliver a wonderful auditory experience in his films along with his great visual sensibilities. Roma is many things and it will get a lot of praise for its emotionally resonant story, subtle performances, breathtaking cinematography, and captivating long takes. All of that is true and it deserves recognition, but Roma also delivers one of the finest soundscapes I've heard put to…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    England is at war with France and arguments erupt in Queen Anne's court about how best to deal with it. The war, however, rages far from the throne and the only battleground we see in the film is the bedroom. What follows is the fate of a nation and its people hanging in the balance as politics become decided by the favor of a mad queen with a child-like disposition.

    Emotions are treated as a tactical weapon as the real…

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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★★★

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again echoes The Godfather Part II in that it aims to recontextualize the present by showing the family history. Both films are ultimately about family, although Here We Go Again is probably the better film as Lily James' portrayal of Donna slightly edges out Robert De Niro as Vito. This film also gets a boost because it takes place in a wonderful universe where the only band to ever exist was Abba and no one…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Saying the performances are fantastic is probably like saying water is wet at this point, however, it's important to note that Vicky Krieps easily holds her own across from Daniel Day-Lewis. That's how good she is. Jonny Greenwood's score has such a defining relationship with the film that it seems like the music is dictating the editing rather than the other way around. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's most understated film, content with leaving many things for the audience to…