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  • Synecdoche, New York
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Walkabout
  • Rumble Fish

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  • The Black Phone

    ★★★½

  • Josie and the Pussycats

    ★★★

  • The Batman

    ★★★½

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    ★★★★

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  • The Devil, Probably

    The Devil, Probably

    ★★★★★

    For the last time, once for all, is there a God or not? I ask for the last time!”
    “And for the last time there is not.”
    “Who is laughing at mankind, Ivan?”
    “It must be the devil,” said Ivan, smiling.
    - The Brothers Karamazov 

    I was always intrigued by this film but hesitant when I was first introduced to Bresson. The subject matter and it being an original work he wrote just seemed so different from his previous works.…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    All my life I’ve grappled with the serious question: what do we do with human beings who are dangerous to themselves and others? How can I forgive like my parents forgave the woman who killed my sister? She still walks today, and I just read up a report today that she had gone missing in Lansing for a brief time back in 2016. Her ex-husband who had been of little to no emotional support for her when she committed the…

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

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

    That ending where the kid throws the meat at the dog and walks out the door, he should’ve continued walking in slow-motion, whipped out a pair of sunglasses, hopped in a pastel pink convertible sports car, and driven into a Miami sunset while In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins plays out. Woulda been ultra badass but for now it’s just pretty cool.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    Christ, it was only a milkshake my guy.


    Best looking/sounding batman movie for sure, but the catwoman plotline slows things to a halt with so much expositing, kind of obnoxiously on-the-nose about revenge, and should have been cut or done better in the upcoming series instead. Bolster Falcone a bit so you can forgo the need of the DeNiro Penguin, cut some runtime, give the Riddler more to say & do, and this might’ve been the tightest bat movie to date.…

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