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  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ★★★★½

    A 2.9 average rating? A 2.9? You FOOLS!

    Anyway, I kind of loved this. Denzel Washington is the best he's ever been (or at least, the best I've seen him be), and I was drawn in by every second of his performance. Our titular character is a bizarre one, well-intended but undisputedly flawed. The methods and culture of activism have changed, and even the older generation of progressives find themselves no longer at the head of their movement. The characters…

  • Wonder

    Wonder

    ★★★

    Does it really matter what I think of a movie meant for small children? Do kids care about cliche/lazy filmmaking? My only real critique is with the thematic messaging. Wonder teaches that even the bad people have good in them, and anyone can become a better person. That's all good and fine, but personally, I think an equally important message is that not everyone should be your friend. There are characters in this movie who treat Auggie in a way…

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  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    It's nearly impossible to review this film without writing about the sex scenes, and that's part of the problem. In depicting the intensity of first love, it's reasonable to present sex with a similar intensity, yet the duration and graphic nature of the sex scenes is so great that they pull focus from the rest of the narrative. Additionally, these scenes do nothing to propel the narrative forward, resulting in an uncomfortable, albeit arousing, stagnation. For a film that's already…

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★½

    me, running as fast as i can: "i appreciate your style, i just don't get it! please, leave me alone!"
    david lynch, galloping after me and playing a trumpet: "negativity is the enemy of creativity"