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  • Truth or Dare

    Truth or Dare

    ★½

    Watched @ Pacific Theatres Glendale 18 (Glendale, CA).

    I liked Madonna’s better.

    For a movie with such a silly premise, I wish it had the humor and self-awareness of Happy Death Day, possibly my favorite from the Blumhouse machine.

  • Bambi

    Bambi

    ★★★★½

    I’m always thrown in the sudden transition from Bambi’s mother’s death (somber) to “Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song.”

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  • Annabelle: Creation

    Annabelle: Creation

    ★★★

    I had the opportunity to attend the world premiere screening of Annabelle: Creation, the prequel to the spinoff of the The Conjuring universe, which also references the upcoming The Nun. Make sense?

    The premiere was held at the Theater at the Ace Hotel (where I also got to see a 40th anniversary screening of Carrie), a gorgeous old movie palace with an elaborate lobby (complete with bar), vintage restrooms, and seats from an era when Americans were a little less…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★

    Hot on the heels of Lady Bird comes the next great high school movie in Love, Simon. It’s a tenderly told coming(-out)-of-age tale, with timeless themes of acceptance and identity set against the digital landscapes of communication, exploitation, and connection.

    Nick Robinson gives a starmaking performance as Simon Spier, a teen just starting to embrace his homosexuality, whose “coming-out” moment is threatened by blackmail. It takes a toll on his friends, his family, and his online pen pal, an anonymous…