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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Tarantino's penultimate (or perhaps final) film feels like a swansong: built so highly off the strengths of his twenty-seven year career and yet something completely different, I was incredibly impressed at how slow, methodical, and explorative Hollywood is. It just... lives. It may not have the constantly snappy dialogue or editing of his previous works, but that's on purpose. We're living in Tarantino's version of 1969; really, truly living.

    At the centre of it…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

    Marriage Story

    This review may contain some small spoilers.

    I decided to let this one sit with me for the night rather than rating it right away. I wanted to see what would arise in the hours following the ending of the film, and I'd say it affected me more and more as time has gone on. I haven't stopped thinking about it all night and all day today.

    Relationships are amazing. They can genuinely be the greatest thing in…

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    Lawrence of Arabia

    A sprawling, grand, and morally grey epic that does and excellent job building up its ambitious and glory-driven protagonist before breaking him down.

    A vast and expansive desertscape is amplified by the film's stunning cinematography, making Arabia feel all the more massive and untamable. But that doesn't stop Lawrence from trying and, inevitably, leaving a trail of bodies, both friend and foe, in his wake.

    Lawrence seems to get swept away by the harsh and challenging nature…

  • Tongan Ninja

    Tongan Ninja

    Not even pre-Flight of the Conchords music (full-on by Bret and Jemaine) or a surprise Taika cameo could save this unfortunately, painfully, unfunny parody flick.

    Crazy to see how high Clement's career soared after this.

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    Captain Marvel

    In some regards, this is fairly standard fare for the MCU thus far. Especially in the midst of the knockout Phase Three, I can understand how Captain Marvel can be a bit underwhelming to some people. But as always I think it's best to take these films individually first before analyzing how they fit in the universe as a whole.

    So that being said, Captain Marvel is good. Larson is the shining light in the film: fun when…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    The Shape of Water

    Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water, is a darkly romantic monster film with a whole lot of heart and is a film that is masterfully made in every way.

    Now, I’ve always been a huge fan of del Toro’s work. I grew up with both Hellboy films and Pan’s Labyrinth is a beautifully haunting fairy tale. While I do have a long history with his films and with him as one of my…