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  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★½

    A simple yet multi-layered drama about an emotionally and financially troubled family chasing the American dream in the 50s. Watching a marriage deteriorate slowly is hard enough, but through the lens of a teenage son, that dread is heightened even more. With Paul Dano acting as a director for the first time, he centers the camera and the entire story around the reactions of the son to his family environment and the wildfires occuring in the wilderness (an allegory/motif for…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★½

    A broken love story, in both a literal and metaphorical sense. The constant love limbo that the two leads are in for the entirety of the film makes the title very appropriate, and along with the other major theme of politics and political gain, it rings even truer. The broken timeline that the film uses to break up nearly 20 years of story could have gone wrong, but showing and concealing just the right amount of information improved the engagement…

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  • Mid90s

    Mid90s

    ★★★★

    A funny, emotional, and surprisingly hard-hitting story about a skater kid trying to impress (and make) older friends in the 90s. Its filled with humour but it never takes away from the characters or emotions of a scene, and each character and their motivations are given ample screentime even within the ~90 mins. Jonah Hill also manages to get great performances out of the diverse cast of non-actors, and seems to be a wiz with the camera despite being a…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ann Dowd and cult leaders go together like nut allergies and horror films; a perfect combination no one ever thought they needed.

    An emotional, slow burning, dreadful look at what happens to families when negative feelings like guilt and shame are hidden and boil under the surface, maybe enough to set you on fire (and some other wild shit just for the heck of it I guess). With amazing direction from Ari Aster, an award-worthy performance from Toni Collette, and earned horror as opposed to cheap thrills and jump scares, Hereditary is indeed a film to remember for generations to come.