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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    As the next entry to the current run of impressive directorial debuts over the last couple years, Sorry To Bother You doesn't quite stack up against the best of the bunch (Get Out, The Witch, Lady Bird, etc.), but it has some really impressive sequences that show a lot of promise for Boots Riley as he moves forward.

    Some odd pacing, editing and character motivations drag this one down quite a bit, and the premise is perhaps a bit too…

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    This could have been a great movie. The puzzle pieces are all there. It nails its tone and mood, and it's bolstered by an incredible shooting location and outstanding performances across the board.

    Structurally, though, it's a nightmare. It really struggles to set up the stakes in a meaningful way and we don't really get into the plot for like half of the movie, which drags this thing down HARD.

    A better, more focused story would've saved this, but it was a real struggle to get through as it is.

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  • Collateral Beauty

    Collateral Beauty

    ½

    PRETENTIOUS
    pre·ten·tious
    prəˈten(t)SHəs/
    adjective
    attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

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    I hate that word. I think it's horribly misused by people when describing media that they just don't quite "get".

    But this. This damn movie. This is exactly the kind of preachy, pandering bullshit that studios think they can churn out in December and collect awards come February. For what it's worth, I hope no one sees it and I hope…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★½

    It's a damn shame what Disney is doing with these live-action reboots. It's a damn shame they took one as good and beloved as Beauty and the Beast and turned it into a lackluster and poorly stitched together mess of green screens and charmless melodrama.

    I mean I really wish this was better than it is, but there's just so many poor choices in the script and direction of the film. I could see every green screen in this film…