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  • Boy Erased

    Boy Erased

    ★★★½

    There’s a particular scene where Lucas Hedges goes toe-to-toe with Russell Crowe and it completely floored the audience. It’s neat to see how far Lucas has come, being able to hold his own with the greats.

    As far as recent conversion therapy films go, I have to give Cameron Post the edge. But you can count Boy Erased as the darker, more grounded piece; get your ab workout routine going because this is filled with swelling strings and a barrage of gut punches.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★½

    Here, the camera so closely and intimately caresses the faces of the film; the screenplay, sharp and stinging, encapsulates the oppression shovelled at our young, queer characters. 

    Upfront, the concept of conversion camps is almost hilarious in its absurdity.

    But below the surface, the film’s themes are truly, deeply painful — all beautifully wrapped together by Desiree, Cecilia, and Emily’s direction/writing.

    The script is marvellous, I won’t stop gushing about it; easily my favourite of the year. Sasha Lane and…

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    The best short film? Debatable.

    The quality in its cohesiveness? Divisive.

    The level of mastery woven into every frame, each word spoken, every song sung? Unquestionable.

    Truly a stunning piece of work. I’m surprised by its echoed criticisms — that it meanders too much, that it’s “boring”.

    Personally, I felt not a second was wasted. There’s so much beauty in Buster Scruggs’ simplicity, in its brutal, stark world. It’s poignant, it’s thrilling, it’s incredibly immersive.

    The Coen Brothers did the Old West justice; it’s Joel and Ethan’s world, we’re all just living in it.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Meticulous, well crafted, electrifying. Luca Guadagnino is batshit insane; Dakota Johnson is so incredibly hot. An unforgettable cinematic experience that’s burned into my psyche.

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★½

    Things missing from Game Night:
    Tired, overdone high-on-drugs sequence; someone’s bare ass we didn’t ask to see; James Franco; a barrage of penis, boobs and vagina jokes; a diarrhea scene (classic comedy)

    Things present in Game Night:
    Smart, surprisingly creative cinematography; a bumping, synth-heavy score; Jesse Plemons; hilarious scenes that mirror popular games; tons of film references; incredible chemistry with the entire cast

    PSA: Rachel McAdams is hot.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Does “Jordan” mean “handsome”?

    Because Michael b Jordan