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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Shouting out for the millionith time the clever writing and directing by Ari Aster; the above incredible acting by everyone (Toni Collette and Alex Wolff); and the new creep canon score by Colin Stetson.

    But a second shout out for the production design by Grace Yun and set/ art direction by Richard T. Olson and Brian Lives; from the first shot to the last the oft kilter false but tactile feel of the home, the classroom, the lighting, the decorations- all of it was incredible and integral. It was all at once noticeable but always in the background. It's such beautiful, necessary work.

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    ★★½

    Penelope Wilton though.....this film is all fluff, but this woman is beautiful hard edges and steel.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    2017: Big year for mushrooms.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★

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

    For every thing this movie does right, they mess up something significant.

    Visually, it's stunning. The plot, for the most part, remains the same and even fills in some gaps and expands on some characters in ways that feel real and worthwhile. However, these plots are filled in by songs that add nothing but run time.

    Which would be fine, if the cast could sing them. While the supporting bench is crazy deep, the two leads are....fine.... Both Emma Watson…