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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    “BlacKkKlansman” doesn’t pull any punches. In true Spike Lee fashion, it’s in your face and incredibly overt. The film is actually very fun with the two leads John David Washington
    and Adam Driver absolutely killing it.

    The intention was clear, but hearing people use such hateful speak is like nails on a chalkboard. Spike Lee uses this film to remind us that race relations in the 1970s don’t seem like so long ago.

    The story dragged on and lost its steam for a bit.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    Tragic, real, and incredibly heartwarming, “Eighth Grade” is a portrait of an insecure kid seeking popularity and validation in her life. While Kayla attempts to “fake it until she makes it” with her YouTube videos, she just can’t seem to overcome her true insecure personality. The problem is that she is reaching for something that is very not her. Luckily, after the ups and downs, the film ends with heart as Kayla finds another person who she can relate to.

    “Eighth Grade” is incredibly funny with both visual and situational comedy that is laugh out loud hilarious.

    Such a great debut from director Bo Burnham.

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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…