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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★½

    This is a love story at its finest. 

    Pure magic; dripping with intimacy; an absolute dream. Feels like a three-hour epic with how much meaning is packed into each scene. Every shot is carefully designed — every frame is stunning. The score will make your soul bloom. You can tell from the first few seconds that Beale Street is special. 

    There are levels to this, and Barry Jenkins is on his own plane; the finesse he displays is baffling, elevating this complicated narrative to a higher echelon. Hands down, the most talented working director today.

    Wong Kar-wai fans: you will salivate.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★

    Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet: name a more iconic duo to shoulder and raise this film from blandness.

    Other than Timmy’s jawline and luscious hair, there’s nothing artistically striking here. It’s poorly edited and the camerawork is void of any life; flashbacks were aplenty and jumbled, vaguely reminiscent of the unfortunate On Chesil Beach; and you can count on a barrage of obnoxiously loud songs almost forcefully telling you what and how to feel. 

    But even with all the excess…

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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.

  • Skate Kitchen

    Skate Kitchen

    ★★★★

    Camille's hair / specs / wardrobe / artistry on a skateboard absolutely rocks my world. Complete bliss.

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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