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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★½

    If you can't enjoy what others have done for you, you're a waste of time.

    If you can't enjoy what others have spent their time on, you're a waste of money.

    If you try your hardest to feel something and still can't quite touch it, at least you can feel guilty.

    And if that consolation prize isn't enough, maybe you can find the beauty in the wreckage. Please, don't worry; you'll feel thankful when only nature—stolid and unperverted—is left to thrive off everything we've put our time towards.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    We've gotten to a point in time where seeing a new western raises one question: "Am I going to see a realized film or am I going to see something more akin to someone's thesis?" This has already happened to an extent this year with Damsel, so it's maddeningly serendipitous to have happened again with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Coen brothers' anthology film, comprising of six shorts totaling 133 minutes, is more interesting in theory than it is…

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  • Collateral Beauty

    Collateral Beauty

    This feels like someone went into a dimly lit pharmacy, stole all of their Hallmark cards, put them into a paper shredder, set the remains on fire, and then tried to make someone cry onto the ashes. If you want to get drunk with some friends and see one of the worst screenplays of the year unfold with amazingly cringely lines like "I felt you inside of me when she called me daddy", then this is the movie for you. Just don't expect anything affecting; you'll only come out of it more cynical than you were entering the theater.

    Full review here.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    What a hellish time early adolescence is. When I say hellish, I mean that in the most transcendent, stinging way possible: it's a dumpster fire; a cacophony of groans; an implosion of externalized insecurities. They say that burning alive is the most painful way of dying, so why does no one award 13-year-olds for surviving such a sensation for nine whole months? I'm sure that I'm still reeling from it, and seeing such a respectful yet truthful examination of the…