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  • Damsel

    Damsel

    ★★

    "Damsel" is quite enjoyable until the film comes to a screeching halt halfway through and never regains its footing.

    Robert Pattinson is absolutely charming and Mia Wasikowska is fierce as hell.

    But man, the second half is a slog. It casts a shadow over the whole movie.

  • Wonder Wheel

    Wonder Wheel

    ★★★

    “Wonder Wheel” is more play than movie. The performances are stunning.

    The true standout is the cinematography with its rich saturated colors and elegant lighting which makes for an enjoyable watch.

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★½

    I keep hearing “Bone Tomahawk” described with aspects of horror, but I didn’t get any of that. Sure there is insane violence and gore, but there is no evil. You learn to hate the savages, but only because they are so violent. Is cannibalism enough to classify a movie as a horror?

    The pacing is slow, but works. It takes forever until you realize what the plot of the movie is, a four-man rescue mission.

    The performances in this movie…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

    Pixar continues to make beautiful and charming films complete with very real stakes and, in this film, literal emotions.

    A young girl, Riley, goes through a very difficult move, and we see the inside working of how that changes her personality. The choice of the five emotions is very interesting because only one of them, Joy, is positive. Or so we think. We learn how critical each of these lenses for seeing the world is, as the main character gains…