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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, nothing else is 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…

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  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★★★

    Can the sea be the new space?

    This was glorious, aquatic eye candy. While I was having the time of my life watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of the artists behind each scene; the incredible vision required, the time and talent needed for its execution.

    The colours were vibrant; the costumes and weaponry: beautiful; the architecture and vehicles: bursting with creativity. The action was epic and clear, each strike carrying a very real weight. 

    I think we…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    The greatest animated film in the last decade? It’s no hyperbole; everyone’s saying it, and Into the Spider-Verse makes a strong argument. Captivating narrative, phenomenal visuals, a stacked voice cast, a delicious soundtrack... Spider-people? The hype is real, folks.

    I’m crazy for stories that deal with alternate dimensions/universes crossing over - even if done poorly - and here, it’s executed with perfection.

    Just imagine five Elio’s helping unearth his feelings for Oliver in the summer of 1983; or YouTube vlogger Chrissy and film twitter Christy helping Lady Bird through her last year of high school. The possibilities are endless!

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  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★½

    If directors were cam girls

    Ridley Scott: not sure if tonight’s show will be good but stick around to find out, you never know!

    Burton: with me tonight are returning guests Helena and Johnny

    Chazelle: jazz for me baby 

    Wes Anderson: *attempts to stay center-frame at all times*

    Shyamalan: watch until the end. it’ll be worth it, I promise. ;)

    Guadagnino: this’ll be another long one, we’ll be streaming Tilda sun comes up 

    Edgar Wright: with me tonight are returning…

  • 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.