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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★½

    Rob Letterman has a gift for distilling the particular vibe, heart, and iconography of 90s Things That Matter To Nathan and making those things work inside of fun family films that my daughter enjoys as much as I do. Good stuff.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    Us is a well-excuted if mostly run of the mill horror movie. A number of solid scares, some great beats of humor, and a distinct visual style. The high concept twist didn't really work for me and I imagine a lot of folks will be looking for more explicit social commentary.

    Outside of the high concept twist that didn't really work for me I feel I've seen those horror beats executed better in other scarier horror films. The humor and…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    A restrained and deftly crafted examination of the crushing weight of impotent rage. The idea that psychic pain can literally eat you up, can rot your guts.

    A brilliant character study acted and narrated to perfection by Ethan Hawke. A delicate, restrained, and furious performance.

    You don't live in the real world.

    A masterful thriller with the heart of a philosophical drama. An alternative possession story. Possession by idea. Transformation via the infectious power of despair.

    A gradual and painful…

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

    This movie looks how depression feels and that's brilliant.