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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    When I first saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, I was kind of lukewarm on it. The animation style looked unique but seemed kind of antithetical to the smooth webslinging of Spider-Man.

    Man, was I ever off the mark.

    It kind of shocks me that this is the 7th Spider-Man movie we've gotten since Sm Raimi's 2002 movie. And while I have a soft spot for 2004's Spider-Man 2 and I absolutely adore 2017's Homecoming, Into the Spider-Verse

  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★½

    The Tale is one of the year's most powerful movies. Lauren Dern and Isabelle Nélisse give truly gripping performances. Jason Ritter and Elizabeth Debicki are particularly haunting throughout the film.

    But I want to single out writer/director Jennifer Fox. The Tale is the true story of sexual abuse that Fox went through when she was 13 and how she recovered the truth from her memories. The decision to make this movie, using her own name in the film and her…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    Mandy is a pretty wild ride of a movie. It has an 80s grindhouse film aesthetic to it that works really well alongside the extremely visceral violence throughout it. It's one of the best performances from Nic Cage that I've seen in years. However, that could be due to the fact that he really doesn't speak that much throughout the movie.

    The film has an incredibly surreal feel to it. Most scenes seem filtered through a foggy red glow that…

  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★

    The animation was good but other than that, I was bored out of my mind. The Grinch retells Dr. Seuss' stories without much heart or even energy. The movie felt like it was simply going through the paces without taking the proper care to develop the character past a dull exposition dump. The citizens of Whoville are given a couple passing one-note characterizations and the town itself feels bland and unimaginative.

    This movie is only 86 minutes long and I…

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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★

    Love, Simon reminded me a lot of 2010's Easy A. So much so, that by the end of the movie I started affectionately thinking of it as Easy Gay. I mean that as a high compliment because what Easy A got so right about the teen coming of age genre is exactly what Love, Simon excels at. Both movies are very witty, romantic, and treat teenage/high school culture in a way that isn't melodramatic.

    How Love, Simon separates itself from…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin make an incredible team. Fincher's keen eye to detail and his dark, digital looking color pallette complements Sorkin's signature fast paced dialogue spectacularly well in this story about internet billionaires. But this isn't just the story of Facebook. It's the story of Zuckerberg and what can happen when someone tries to overwrite human emotion with creative outlets.

    To be clear, I've always viewed The Social Network as a highly fictionalized and stylized account of the…