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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    First Reformed is a tremendous film from Paul Schrader. The film was something of a surprise to many after the last few Schrader projects haven't quite hit the transcendental high water marks of some of his very best work. This film deals with some of the weightiest political and spiritual considerations of our time with a depth and intelligence that even this atheist could understand and appreciate.

    Ethan Hawke turns in an at first subtle and increasingly bold performance in…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    A film that did alright in its first and second acts and then went a bit off the rails in its third, falling into some typical horror tropes. It remained visually smart and I particularly enjoyed the nods to Oni Baba (which created a fun moment in the theater where different members of the audience noticed what was hiding in the corner of the frame at different times) and, of course, Rosemary's Baby (to which this film is most strongly…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

    It’s nice to see Laura Dern continue to have outrageous hair in 2017.

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★

    Jabba's palace is maybe a glass + chrome coffee table and a Nagle print away from being the ultimate '80s cocaine den. Dig those blinds!

    I feel like had David Lynch directed, as George Lucas originally wanted, Boba Fett would have been replaced by Frank Booth and Luke + Leia would have been recast with Kyle McLaughlin and Laura Dern, respectively.

    Hey Disney, when are we going to get that standalone Salacious Crumb movie/ Carlito's Way remake?!