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  • Emily the Criminal

    ★★★

  • Black Adam

  • The Inspection

    ★★½

  • TÁR

    ★★★★½

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  • Black Adam

    Black Adam

    As embarrassingly uninspired as a super hero movie can get. On paper, it's a solid enough story for the comic book movie genre. But the execution is just so godawful and lifeless that any semblance of wonder or spectacle is lost in translation.

    Dwayne Johnson has proven once again that he doesn't understand (or care to attempt to understand) that there's more to acting than just looking stoic and reciting ham-fisted, derivative lines with little to no inflection or even…

  • The Inspection

    The Inspection

    ★★½

    Elements of this movie worked a lot better than I expected them to. I went into it thinking it would be a straightforward story about a man facing homophobia in the military. I was worried it would be a standard "character cast out by prejudice earns respect of those who are prejudice against him" story.

    There is a bit of that in the movie. But where it sets itself apart is in the way its story is told. This isn't…

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  • Emily the Criminal

    Emily the Criminal

    ★★★

    Emily the Criminal is a pretty unique turn for Aubrey Plaza, who channels her signature cynical brooding into a more rough around the edges victim of circumstance character in Emily. The character turns to credit card fraud when she can't get a leg up on the job market or her student loan debt and the slippery slope toward more dangerous crime that follows is handled really well.

    This is a solid thriller that doesn't fully stick the landing it's going for, but it still held my attention throughout.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    Going to have to let this one settle in my mind a little bit. Cate Blanchett's performance is outstanding. The level of depth to the character and the various nuances of the story blend together into a exceedingly more compelling narrative as the movie plays out.

    While I struggled a little with the finale and where things ended up, the lead up and the overall scope of this particular character's story has left a ton for me to chew on.

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    Not the worst MCU movie. It's not even the worst Thor movie. But it's far from the best of either.

    The more I think about this movie, the more annoyed I am by it. It's incredibly sloppy and has some of the worst character development (or lack thereof) in the MCU. We don't get to see Jane go from scientist to Thor, but we do get an extended preview of Guardians 3. Gorr the God Butcher's god butchering is mostly…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    When Joker is crossing the street in traffic, do you think he yells "Hey! I'm Joaquin here!"