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  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★½

    Not typically a fan of deadpan comedy so this didn't hit for me throughout. It's sort of Fight Club with the tone of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Jesse Eisenberg is great and the film's takedown of toxic masculinity is fine but I have issues with the potential statement made by the film's ending.

    ** SPOILER discussion on the ending in comments below **

  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★

    It’s a sequel too late in the making, but ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP squeezes out enough comedic chemistry from its excellent reunited cast to keep the audience laughing even when the lethargic plot fails to hold our attention. The original foursome of Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have been living together for 10 years in The United States of Zombieland and are making a home out of the abandoned White House when…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I almost clapped.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best origin stories ever told. It fills in details for so much of a beloved character that you may be shocked they could cover it all. The action and adventurous tone make for one heck of an enjoyable movie experience and Ehrenreich importantly embodies young Han, growing into the character over the course of the film. Though some may find parts to be cheesy or unnecessarily connected to…