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  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★

    Sometimes our traumatic pasts serve as our own caves; we stay confined in them and cannibalize on those pasts. To the point we can't even trust our closest relationships anymore.

    So yes, the monsters were once human.

    The Descent is littered in guilt and sadness, which is why it still works for me (on top of Neil Marshall's claustrophobic direction). But man, I do wish the studios kept the original UK ending; those specific final minutes are so crucial to the film's emotional core, and necessary.

  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★½

    Let's first look at Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a film that clearly depicts a man searching for some sort of spiritual awakening who also abandons his family in the process. No matter how much Spielberg claims the ending to that film no longer works, that film is all about our central hero's moral confusion, actions that are simultaneously cruel yet selfishly admirable.

    Now, imagine that same film, but if these actions were solely meant to be…

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Fact: this is a better horror movie than Hereditary.

    A time machine movie with a time machine performance; I was taken back to a past life of innocence and deep insecurities, when school cliques dominated the world. Now, it's school cliques and Instagram.

    For a directorial debut, Bo Burnham could have fooled me; it feels like he has making movies for years. And at the center is Elsie Fisher, who despite her gender forces you to relate to her desire…

  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    ★★

    Based on a true story, of anyone who has felt the pains of needing to reboot your computer.

    I wish the film was dumber.