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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★

    (Final Cut)

    Blade Runner is a fascinating examination of humanity set in a wonderfully-realized dystopian future. The production design, cinematography, and score are all incredible, and the direction doesn't let it down. Hauer is remarkable as Roy, being memorable in every single scene. Ford is fine as Deckard, but it's clear the world this takes place in is much more intriguing than the neo-noir aspects he has to offer. Blade Runner is often considered a sci-fi classic, a reputation well-earned. A film with an entrancing world and captivating themes.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    mother! feels a nightmare in every sense. Aronofsky's twisted vision might be overtly obvious at points, but it never bores. Lawrence delivers her best performance yet as the titular character, and the rest of the cast is no slouch either. That said, it's a movie that annoys as much as it fascinates, coming off as profoundly silly and remarkably stupid a lot of the runtime. However, mother! never fails to captivate the audience through the disturbing images thrown on screen,…

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.

    The fun of The…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a wonder. After a brilliant mainstream debut in Whiplash, Damien Chazelle has matured impressively. He directs with a precision of a orchestra conductor. His films feel like the jazz that they represent, spontaneous, energetic and pleasant. The way he stages the musical numbers never fail to make you smile, and he brilliantly constructs the film to drop out the singing again and again, just making you feel the beautiful music.

    Stone and Gosling are both marvelous…